Dr David Dybdal, Boston Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

David Dybdal, MD, PhD

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The Bottom of My Heart

Posted on 5 December, 2020 at 0:50

It's often said, "I love you from the bottom of my heart."

But it seems the top is where most start,


where cupid's arrow casts no shadow,

with smiles and sighs and star-struck eyes,

 

projections of what we want to see,

or being what others want us to be.

And for a time, we dance through life so easily.

 

Like a butterfly on a summer day,


that flashes beauty briefly

before she falls away.

 

And the bottom's deep and dark and still,

the dregs that sink and settle, each time it gets filled.


Always in shadow,

where lost hopes and dreams lay fallow,

a place one must learn to stay and pray, to discover that it is hallowed.

 

For if it's touched, caught by surprise, then shame and anger may arise,

 

to protect from so much sadness,

we fall headlong into madness.

 

And there we may stay,

for forever and a day.


Many times we try, many times we fall.

But if we stay aware, persistence takes us through it all,

 

to hone the art

of nurturing the darker part of our longing heart,


which like a lotus flower,

arises from murky water with all its beauty and power.


- David Dybdal

 

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