Letting Go

Letting Go


I had to share with you this poem by Danna Faulds, which reached my inbox last week via Lindsay Mead of  A Design So Vast.  Being far removed from the ocean, I don’t have images of waves or tidal waters to illustrate Danna’s magical words.  Instead I give you the blue sky and an arrow pointing the way.

Let go of the ways you thought life
would unfold; the holding of plans
or dreams or expectations – Let it
all go. Save your strength to swim
with the tide.

The choice to fight what is here before
you now will only result in struggle,
fear, and desperate attempts to flee
from the very energy you long for.

Let go. Let it all go and flow with the
grace that washes through your days
whether you receive it gently or
with all your quills raised to defend
against invaders.

Take this on faith: the mind may never
find the explanations that it seeks, but
you will move forward nonetheless.

Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry
you to unknown shores, beyond your
wildest dreams or destinations. Let it
all go and find the place of rest and
peace, and certain transformation.

Danna Faulds

via A Design So Vast



Posted on April 11, 2013, in Poetry and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. How many times have I said to myself “let it go.” Beautiful poem and such a lovely image!

  2. Truly beautiful . . . I found myself taking a deep breath and ‘trying’ to let go.

  3. Deeply, wonderfully beautiful image and poem. As I contemplate it, I’m wondering if the practice of photography (or of any art form) is also a practice of letting go. Mmmmm. Thank you, Brenda. Beautiful start to the day…

    • Juli – I was deeply moved by this poem – so much so that I had to share it with everyone. I think you are right – the practice of photography does give me those moments of letting go and I am so grateful for that gift.

  4. A wonderful “Brenda photo.” I love blue and white. Bold shapes thrusting up.

    • Anita – this is the same location as “Lavendar Light” – the Pro Football Hall of Fame, here in Canton. They recently expanded and renovated the building – lots of glass and silvery metal walls – and it has become a favorite place to shoot. It is a challenge to find different viewpoints and compositions. This image for “Letting Go” was one of those attempts.

  5. What a verse. I have wave photos that might make a match for this, but I like your non-literal pairing. I must admit that I don’t do letting go very easily. And I hear reference to people “letting go” so much I became frustrated with even hearing the phrase. It seemed so vague a concept. I like reading these words, they convey something more concrete.

    • Susan – I’m glad you liked my non-literalness – which is difficult for me as I tend to be literal-minded to the extreme. And yes, I agree that “letting go” has become a non-meaningful phrase due to its over-use and the way it is thrown around to cover almost every situation. But I was very moved by this poem and glad that it struck a chord with you as well.

  6. A wise poem, that’s for sure. Yet we fight against reality all the time. Why?

    • Kim – I guess that question is at the heart of it, isn’t it? I love this line: “but you will move forward nonetheless.”

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