Hope and Weariness


Waking up is a gamble.  Some days I open my eyes to a surge of excitement, my mind spinning with anticipation for what I’m going to do that day.  I get up and get moving. Other days I wake to a coil of anxiety in my gut.  Those days I try to stay in bed and breath relaxation into my body.  That doesn’t always work and if it doesn’t, I get up and get moving, as if it was a morning when I’m looking forward to what the day will bring. Moving always makes me feel better, but those dreary mornings can get wearing.

My sister Chris, whose blog I introduced you to over a month ago, has recently posted two new essays that speak to those alternating days of hope and weariness.  The essays are terrific.  I hope you’ll click over to A Cancer Journey With Chris and read them.


About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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