How tightly held in grip unbroken –
In grip of steel intent on possession
Refusing to yield as though obsession.
As though drowning man to braided rope
Terrified to release lest one lose all hope.
With intensity of one seeking in the night
Praying that which was lost be brought to sight
Like parent whose child is just about grown
Expecting to stop time before freedom they own
Wantonly as lover fights for whom they adore
Trying in vain to hold a waning love once more
Desperately as one whom from precipice has slipped
Knowing to let go means an ending to all they once gripped.
Gripping so tightly the spirit grows weary and forlorn
Not knowing how to release the worry such holding has borne
Release it! Let go of that grip that you fear breaking
For only then what was held returns, fully yours for the taking.
Karen Quinn 2013