Letting Go



This poem was inspired by watching The Hours, a film starring Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf. It was the scene in which Virginia gives up and commits suicide by drowning.

A flash of red glistens in the freezing depths

The thick wool absorbs the invasive fluid

The deft fingers of the river, grasping at the fabric of the coat

Pulling relentlessly at the woman's clothes


Her mind is unclouded, for the first time since tragedy struck

She knows that Leonard will be frantic

After finding her note, but there can be no turning back

Her mind is made up


She can feel Nature's desire to crush her in it's embrace

And is powerless to resist it's call

Slowly she weakens her fight, giving up


Nature rejoices, it's gentle fingers propelling her along

It's delighted to have regained its daughter


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