How To Love A Wanderer

If you happen to stumble upon a wanderer,
unlock the door
and welcome them in; but do so knowing
that they’re only there to rest their feet.
Don’t offer to unpack their bags, instead
fill them to brimming and leave them
beside the back door, uncluttered and easy
to reach. Stoke the fire, put the kettle on,
and guard your heart.
It’s passion and pain that nurture the unsettled.
Embrace them for the moment, delight in their tales,
and commit them
to memory… when the sun rises
they’ll be gone,
pack full of hearts, soul bursting
with restlessness, leaving you
incredibly richer, and devastatingly poorer,
all at the same time.

 

Nicole Lyons

Nicole Lyons is the creator of The Lithium Chronicles, the popular Facebook page that brings awareness to mental illness and support to those who need it. She was a columnist for the national online magazine, PsychCentral, and has been a guest contributor to the website The Mighty and The International Bipolar Foundation. Nicole has been a featured writer for the OCH Literary Society, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Sidereal Catalyst, among others. Nicole's The Lithium Chronicles website features her own poetry and prose, as well as the work of upcoming and established artists and was added to the Mental Health Writer’s Guild in 2015. She has been nominated for two consecutive years in six different categories for The Wego Health Activist awards, recognized for her work as a fierce mental health advocate and an advocate for others, as well as having built an exceptional supportive online community with The Lithium Chronicles. She is a published author in both Feminine Collective’s Raw & Unfiltered VOL I and The Stigma Fighters Anthology Volume One. Nicole is a hippie at heart with a bohemian soul who believes that the world can be changed by one random act of kindness at a time. She lives a good life in Beautiful British Columbia with her brilliant daughters and gorgeous husband. In her free time Nicole volunteers with a Canadian nonprofit that focuses on suicide awareness and prevention, and hangs out with her best friend, a 170lb bullmastiff named Capone.

10 thoughts on “How To Love A Wanderer

  1. Jacqueline CioffaJacqueline Cioffa Reply

    Sigh, to gypsy love. Beautiful.
    “-when the sun rises they’ll be gone, pack full of hearts, soul bursting with restlessness, leaving you incredibly richer, and devastatingly poorer, all at the same time.”

    xx
    Jackie

  2. Mary Rowen Reply

    Omg, Nicole, this is fantastic. I love it all, especially the line, “Embrace them for the moment, delight in their tales, and commit them to memory…” That will stay with me all day at least. Gypsies are the best and the worst 🙂

  3. Dori OwenDori Owen Reply

    If you should ever need to kmow how to love me, please read the instructions above. Deliciously original and wonderful. You are indeed a master poet. I love this SO much! xoxo D.

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