Resting in the Trough

Oct 15, 2015

Poetry has a way of saying to our hearts and spirits what is beyond everyday language.

In the wake of the 1000 Year Flood here in South Carolina, I offer the poetry of Judy Brown. This particular poem has offered solace, comfort, while strengthening the hearts of many, many souls over the years. May it do so for you.


There is a trough in waves,

A low spot

Where horizon disappears

And only sky

And water

Are our company.

And there we lose our way


We rest, knowing the wave will bring us

To its crest again.

There we may drown

If we let fear

Hold us within its grip and shake us

Side to side,

And leave us flailing, torn, disoriented.


But if we rest there

In the trough,

Are silent,

Being with

The low part of the wave,


Our energy and

Noticing the shape of things,

The flow,

Then time alone

Will bring us to another


Where we can see

Horizon, see the land again,

Regain our sense

Of where

We are,

And where we need to swim.

~Judy Brown

1 Comment

  1. Lee Newman on October 18, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this . So profound, comforting and very timely.

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