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I wish I could hold you closer

Is it ok that I have been feeling down?

Will you forgive me for caving under the pressure of it all sometimes?

You tell me not to carry the weight of the world

But my shoulders are begging for the load.

Let me carry it

Just for a moment.

Will it help?

I don’t know.

But perhaps

it could teach me.

train me.

Soften my heart,

but strengthen it also.

So let me

Carry the weight

or at least

a portion of it.

the one that by right belongs to me.

and allow me

a couple of nights a week

just to collapse.

breathe.

cry.

let it out.

i need it.

and then i will be strong.

for my mother.

for my sisters.

for my brother.

for my father.

for my grandparents.

for my friends.

i will be here.

to listen.

to carry you.

i will be okay.

just let my heart cry sometimes.

and i will be alright.


I’ve been listening to this song over the last few months: The Houses of Healing/Arwen’s Song, by Howard Shore and Liv Tyler, featured in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It was on my heart when I wrote this poem.

I wish I could hold you closer: my mum and I.

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Felicity
    May 2, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    ❤❤

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    Zoe Francis
    May 2, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    I love your writing true, and how you always seem to write exactly how I feel but can never put into spoken words. I love you so much, and thank you for sharing your writing with everyone. I think it helps all of us.

    • Reply
      Trudy Francis
      May 2, 2020 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you Zo. That means so much to me. ❤️

    • Reply
      Felicity
      May 2, 2020 at 9:09 pm

      That’s exactly how I feel too

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    Jack Francis
    May 2, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I love it. really makes you think about life

  • Reply
    Gabby Francis
    May 2, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Well said Zoe Jo xx

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    Gabby Francis
    May 2, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    ‘We get to carry each other, carry each other’ (One, U2) is what I keep on thinking. Thank you so much Trudy. That was incredible and so beautiful. We are all needing extra hugs and pick-me-ups, and you can count on me. Thank you for helping me always, and being so kind and patient, forgiving and thoughtful. Love you True ❤❤

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      Trudy Francis
      May 3, 2020 at 8:29 am

      Thank you so much Gabby ❤️ Love you.

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    Jen
    May 2, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    So lovely to see you and your family just now, and then to read this. Beautiful poetry True. Made me cry. I think your words would resonate with many people. It takes courage to show vulnerability, and speak in raw and honest words, feeling the weight of the world. We all want to be held close by those we love, especially now. Thank you for sharing

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    Rosa Carrascalao
    May 3, 2020 at 2:15 am

    I love reading your writings. We have never met, Trudy, but I’ve met your parents, through your dad’s involvement in Timor Leste Health issues, I admire him so much. Keep on writing Trudy, all the best 🙏

  • Reply
    Emily
    May 3, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Oh, so beautiful.

  • Reply
    Anna
    May 3, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    This is so beautiful Trudy! 💛 Keep up the great work!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    May 4, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    So beautiful!

  • Reply
    Bella Putt
    May 11, 2020 at 11:47 am

    This was beautiful!

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