Of Redemption and Remembrance

Redemption: (noun)

  1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.
  2. deliverance; rescue.
  3. Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation.
  4. atonement for guilt.
  5. repurchase, as of something sold.
  6. paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note.



“Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer, the secret of redemption lies in remembrance.”

— Richard von Weizsaecher, President of West Germany at the time of the reunification of East and West Germany


Body remembered what mind could not.

Remembered touch and voice, half-remembered nightmare of separation.

Memories that emerged in nightmare and vision, unease and hammering of heart in chest,

Tightened throat, in unexpected tears, in dread and trembling.

In inexplicable diffidence and folded around rage.

Adrift and foundering, failing, ashamed.

Until fragment became scene and page.

Until past and present and story fused,

Incomplete, but enough.

Until story led the way to truth and truth to something


And hope did not return empty.

In remembrance, home-coming.

In remembrance, healing begins.


18 thoughts on “Of Redemption and Remembrance

    • And isn’t that the way of redemption, sometimes? Pain that leads to healing and wholeness? It is a sorrow that leads to life, as difficult as it is to accept sometimes.


  1. This is beautifully done. Like Crystal said, the emotions are raw. You bring us to walk through your pain. And then, like sunshine through rain, you lead us into healing. How did you do that?

    Thank you.


    • I have followed in the footsteps of other women who have walked a similar path. They showed me the way to go and held out a hand to me when I began to stumble. Honestly, I have been carried more often than I have walked on my own.

      Thank you for reading!

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