One particular scene in the film,“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” always sends shivers through me. Harry and his friends are on the Hogwarts Express when a dementor attempts to suck out Harry’s soul. That is what they do. They prey upon all positive energy and leave their victims in a state of emptiness.
I think of this symbol today because I just spent sacred time with a friend, putting to rest a time in our youth when we were preyed upon simply because we were there. And we were vulnerable. I am keenly aware of the need to develop spiritual practices that protect us. I know that many of my readers have experienced similar betrayal, for it is a human experience. I pray that you also experience healing and forgiveness.
LAYING IT TO REST
Two aging soul-sisters
Hold vigil in a Victorian café-
A sanctuary for deep
No brain fog mimics the
Claustrophobic fog outside.
We remember every word of
In tandem we tell the story
For what we hope will be the last time:
How dementors in a consecrated community
Sucked out our souls and how-
Because we were young and wounded-
We let them.
Stronger now, our souls are safe.
In the telling, we recognize
Healing and forgiveness-
Through the fog.
It is past time
To pack up our pain and
Rise from our chairs.
Claustrophobic fog has no power
To crowd our spacious spirits.
Our eucharist has ended, and we
© rita h. kowats