March 20, 2021

How Do We Accept Our Past To Make Peace For Our Present?

Mairi Maclean

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PoetryCuiridh Mi Clach Air Do Chàrn, 2021

I wrote this poem whilst reflecting on family, illness, and loss. I think we can all relate the struggles and hardships in our lives to the endurance of climbing a hill. However, we rarely give ourselves time to process that journey. I have found that I have held onto the past so tightly that it has prevented me from moving forward, and being at peace. I believe that this is a universal problem, with individual circumstances. This notion of mourning for what was, or what could have been, leaves no room for a peaceful present and a hopeful tomorrow. “Cuiridh mi clach air do chàrn” translates to “I’ll put a stone on your cairn” but it really means ‘I’ll not forget you’. To remember our losses and still move forward is the perfect way to honour.