So I Wrote You a Poem: poems of empathy on life, loss and faith

So I Wrote You a Poem: poems of empathy on life, loss and faith

by David Tensen
So I Wrote You a Poem: poems of empathy on life, loss and faith

So I Wrote You a Poem: poems of empathy on life, loss and faith

by David Tensen

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In January 2021, Instagram followers were invited to message author David Tensen with a life story they wanted made into a poem. More than 60 people wrote in with stories spanning divorce, loss, trauma, parenting, ableism, same-sex attraction, suicide, PTSD, parenting, religious shame and more.

Drawing from deep empathy, and with a desire to give dignity and voice to those often shamed and ostracised, David wrote a collection of poems every day for twenty-one days. This special collection of 25 poems is a tribute to the common loss and hope we all share.

This is David's second poetry collection. His best-selling debut 2020 collection, 'The Wrestle', is also available worldwide

The following is a poem from the collection. It features in the chapter, 'On Marriage':


(To the betrayer)

There is a tree by our home

that fell in a storm

on the path

I walked to belonging.

I assumed this was our path,

and perhaps it was,

but the storm -

that was your betrayal.

Torn from the earth.

Branches broken.

Leaves strewn like confetti

on our wedding day.

Roots, now exposed,

shamefully waving at passers-by,

remind me

of what was sown in secret.

Trunk, now splintered,

piercing those who dare to pry,

remind me

of your unrepentant reasoning.

I've been tempted,

more than once,

to nest in the wreckage

but you won't find me there.

Instead, I'll be in the forest

forging new paths

through forgiveness

and a fog of grief,

vowing to love myself

more than you ever did.

David Tensen

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648989349
Publisher: St Macrina Press
Publication date: 04/01/2021
Edition description: Print ed.
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Australian poet David Tensen brings form and beauty to our deep spiritual yearnings. Drawing from decades of experience in pastoral care and spiritual development, his poems have found their way into hearts of every age across the globe. Raw, honest, accessible and prophetic, David's writings both uncover pain and bring healing to it.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

On Motherhood 9

includes 7 poems

On Trauma 25

includes 5 poems

On Religious Shame 39

includes 4 poems

On Marriage 51

includes 3 poems

On Everything Else 61

includes 6 poems

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