Love Dissolves My Name

This entry was posted on Dec 13, 2012 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
Hand Hearts in the Sunset

It doesn’t happen all at once. It happens instantaneously.

It takes and leaves everything. When love comes,

the storylines dissolve: no longer you against the odds

or your worth drowning in undercurrent voices that you thought

birthed you. The false bottom drops out and you fall right through

what you thought essential to your survival but what,

over time, turned to paper scaffolding. Now you can stand upright

in the naked blue of the morning, your legs sore but strong,

your arms wide and alive. You are you, and who that is

pours like wind across a sky turning with goldfinch

and time. Your heart beats. The blue heron lands

on the water you can’t always see from here.

No need to hide or twist your good name into

someone else’s small room. No need to do anything

but stand here, your feet telling the earth you’ve arrived,

the earth telling your body you’ve always been here

at home, healing and healed, beloved.

About Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author of 14 books, including a forthcoming novel, The Divorce Girl; The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body (Ice Cube Books); and four collections of poetry. Founder of Transformative Language Arts – a master's program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word at Goddard College (Goddard College); where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-writes songs, offers collaborative performances, and leads writing and singing Brave Voice retreats (; and she blogs regularly at her website (

One response to “Love Dissolves My Name”

  1. Avatar Nancy says:

    Thank you – beautiful.

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