Send Love, It Matters by Carrie Newcomer

Somewhere someone needs help.

Send love.

It matters.

If you can’t get there yourself,

then take a deep breath.

Breathe in the weight of their troubles.

Breathe out and send all those burdens

into the Light

where sorrows can be held

with the most tender and infinite grace.

Breathe in what you can do.

Breathe out what you can’t change.

Spool out a thread of connection,

send courage and calm.

For the nights can be long

and filled with shadows,

and sometimes terrible

unexpected waters will rise.

Somewhere someone needs help.

Send love.

It matters.

Send Love, It Matters

With the heartbreaking news of the invasion of Ukraine continuing to unfold, it has been difficult to think of much else. As always, I turn to poetry to ground myself and find comfort, a reminder that love and beauty continue to exist, despite all odds. You may already know Carrie Newcomer as a singer/songwriter/poet, and I encourage you to explore her rich offerings through the link above.

There is no question that Somewhere someone needs help, always there are those who are suffering. This poet suggests we inhale the weight of all their troubles, exhaling those burdens into the Light, whatever that might mean to you. A place where such sorrows are held with the most tender and infinite grace – does your heart not soften just reading those words?

Do what you can do, let go of what you cannot change – enduring wisdom we need to hear over and over. Send out a thread of connection, a link to our common humanity; send courage and calm. There are long shadowed nights and sometimes terrible unexpected waters will rise, as they have. Her message is to remember love and kindness and compassion even, especially, in the face of war.

What if we were all to send love? Because it really does matter, never more so than now.

One more succinct poem today on the theme of the necessity of love from Deena Metzger with a recording of Kim Rosen speaking it here.

Song

There are those who are trying to set fire to the world,
We are in danger.
There is time only to work slowly,
There is no time not to love.

18 thoughts on “Send Love, It Matters by Carrie Newcomer

  1. I love this. Saw it last week and added it to my ‘collection’. It is special isn’t?

    Thank you for sharing it. Margaret 613-725-6941 h 613-795-9879 c

    Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

    – Oscar Wilde.

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  2. “then take a deep breath.

    Breathe in the weight of their troubles.

    Breathe out and send all those burdens

    into the Light

    where sorrows can be held

    with the most tender and infinite grace.”
    It feels like shards of glass this breathing in what we are powerless to touch or change. Never before have we all been so close thru social media to the pain and heartbreak of war. Or the extraordinary courage and determination of a people and their love for their country. Or the will and strength of allies around the world. Today I breathe out a day at the edge of Spring, bright with sun and warm breezes and early flowers. I breathe this out for the people of Ukraine. Thank you Jan. This poem is a beautiful prayer.

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  3. Thank you Jan! A timely, important beautiful poem..or it it lyrics?…I have loved her music for a long time. The Deena Metzger poem too….and other poems found on that site, WOW. I love Kim Rosen as well. What a circle of wonderful women poets/lyricists feeding us hope amongst the gritty truths. (I was lucky enough to interview Deena for a national magazine cover story years back and she never turns away from the dark but meets it head on!).

    I agree with the mention here that sending love is always something we can do, which restores our power in daunting times such as this.

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