What Women Do To Grieve – Poetry by Georgina Marie

Wake up, see the day,
know it is there.

Drink rose tea.

Remember the one you love has died.

Proceed to crumbling on the bedroom floor.

Remember the world is alive.

Pick yourself up from the bedroom floor.
Drag yourself outside.

Stare at the moon.

Walk through mud.

Remember the last time you found yourself
knee deep in mud
with your sister laughing hysterically
as you drowned in solid matter.

Remember she isn’t here anymore.

Find yourself on the ground
weeping into the Earth.

Repeat 800 times until you encounter a day
where the pain doesn’t feel physical.
That day never comes.

So the days are comforted with books,
with bird watching out of your bedroom window
where the oak trees open their long, pure of heart arms
to all species
and to you as a witness.

Attempt to make yourself nourishing meals.

Attempt to fall in love with the world again.

Attempt to resist the sensation that all of your bones
have shattered and now reside in your heart,
hard and bitter.

Acknowledge that if you don’t survive this,
you will still have lived through the fuchsia petals of poetry
because once you are written down
you can’t be rescinded.

Be comforted with the fact that the warm fur
of your canine companion is tear resistant,
that it will never turn away from your soaking wet of despair.

Remember, when the silver survival of another day
has coated the cracks in your body,
asks for your hand,
politely begs you to make it to another day

say yes
say yes.

Georgina Marie Guardado

Georgina Marie is a poet from Lakeport, Northern California and the Lake County Poet Laureate for 2020-2024; the first Mexican-American and youngest to serve in this role for the county. In June 2021, she was selected as a Poets Laureate Fellow with the Academy of American Poets. She is the Literary Coordinator and Poetry Out Loud Coordinator for the Lake County Arts Council, co-creator of the The Bloom's poetry column, and Poet in Residence for The Bloom. She has served as co-editor for the Middletown Art Center’s RESILIENCE and RESTORE collections of written word, funded by the California Arts Council. As part of the Broken Nose Collective, an annual chapbook exchange, she created her first poetry chapbook Finding the Roots of Water in 2018 and her second chapbook Tree Speak in 2019. In 2020, she was an Anne G. Locasio scholar for the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and is now a member of their Board of Directors. She is currently working on her full-length poetry manuscript.

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