Ought Bathe In Sorrow?

Working it through.

Ought One Bathe In Sorrow?🤔✍️🌈

Ought one bathe in sorrow,
Or let sorrow fade
Without a fading ‘way in sorrow?

Ought one bathe in sorrow
Or let sorrow fade
Transformed to something other?
Smother sorrow
Or coordinate its feelings
Into strength that lies within?
A needy ego never breaks away
From its own needy skin.

In sorrow one can reach inchmeal
Brand-new, unfamiliar skill
Horizons, wisdom, will,
Intuition and cognition
Of the fragile, individual condition;

Knowledge that the sun comes up and sets,
Knowing from itself what gets
It going, glowing, showing up for us to use
With gifts that never lose their power,
Showering receiver with a donor,
Donor with receiver.

Sorrow time is time for seeing;
For relating in- to out-er;
Sorrow has a duty
To reshape activity,
See what’s truly
The wholeness of it all.

Sorrow time is time to tell
The difference between what you know
From what you don’t until
A time when you are there one (unimagined) day
When you know all.

Ought one to bathe in sorrow?
No and no and no.

Ought One Bathe In Sorrow? Draft 2 12.3.2018 Birth, Death & I Between III; Arlene Nover Corwin

The Many Nuances of Sorrow, Grief, Anguish, Woe & Regret 6.5.2014

The Many Nuances of Sorrow, Grief, Anguish, Woe & Regret


All five mean distress of mind,

Each nuance hard-defined.

A sense of loss,

Guilt or remorse

Is sorrow.


Grief is instant, its tomorrow may be sorrow;

But grief pricks, stings – it is

Pain affecting feelings.


Anguish’ grief is torturing;

Grief with dread;

With fear not yet come to a head.


Woe is inconsolable distress.

Woe is Job (God bless…)


Regret is glued to disappointment; longing that can never be


A guilt that doesn’t lessen.


Nuance to escape

With insight’s penetration:

The power to see what’s not there

For the ordinary mind.

If you’ve a mind to see it, right

Behind the nuances of sorrow –

When you mourn for something gone –

Lies the morn. So be it.


Definitions based on Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (one of my favorite editions).


The Many Nuances Of Sorrow, Grief, Anguish, Woe & Regret 6.5.2014

Circling Round Reality; I Is Always You Is We;

Arlene Corwin


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