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Lone Tear Lingers

Often I am witness to tender, intimate moments beckoning to be explored more fully in some other form.  It is regretfully rare that I take the time to actively engage the creative process toward a tangible manifestation of what so often moves through me.  The offerings in this post are not made to illustrate artistic talent, but rather to share different ways of being in creative relationship with our experiences.

Poem 1,

Lone tear lingers
on lower eyelid,
hesitant to commit
begins a slow descent
gliding along contours
of nose, cheek and lip
your face, in profile,
doesn’t acknowledge
this wet caress

The mask in the featured photo for this post was built on my face and sat blank for quite some time, it had been destined for a different, and very specific, vision that I was struggling to convey within the confines of my ability. What came to be was the face of my client as he usually presented – hidden behind sunglasses. When the tear emerged he had removed the glasses. It is my mouth, I am the one giving voice to his experience. Which only just now occurred to me as I am writing.  The moment observed in session was too big for only one expression – it was powerfully felt, one of those times as a therapist wherein we are aware of observing some sacred transformation that needs to remain held, unspoken. Too delicate to be directly noted.

The second poem is about the same client, in a completely different context:

As glance turns to voyeurism
I watch the ease
with which you move,
cup in hand
through stillness of morning
no awareness of audience
sun glistens on golden boy

There is so much material that could be explored in these 3 small offerings, they only hint at areas for expansion. Conversations, essays and dissertations abound: dynamics of therapist-client masks; integration of therapist-client emotional fields; witnessing functions; subjective experiences within the office, and the chance encounters beyond; managing counter-transference through creative expression, therapists as artists, what ethics apply; Spirituality and the arts in clinical practice…

In appreciation,                                                                                                                                                    Heather