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Title from Virginia Woolf's last writing, in a note to her husband, before she took her own life. "Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness." I found great solace in reading her notes and power in her decision in the face of such a debilitating disease as depression is.


I lost you
When you wandered off the trail
And I know I tried to find you
and I know I failed
To see the broken branches
And other clues you left
On the path we walked together
In the places that we slept
Now that’s what I regret

There is no cause to worry
No, there is no need to cry
I have told you many stories
Some of them are lies
To sing you something sweetly
That you might not want to hear
And I could burn like wildfire
I could be the smoke that clears
Or I could simply disappear

I will dress in black and grey
I will put my hair in pins
And I will fix all the games
So that everyone will win
All the love that they are seeking
Or the riches that they need
Then I will fill my coat with stones
And wander out to sea
Wouldn’t that feel so free?

To sink to the ocean’s floor
And let the surface go
To have no more of wondering
To be with those who know
To stare up at the star
One last and brilliant time
To use a final breath
To sing a lovely rhyme:

I knew my life was mine.



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ellen cherry Baltimore, Maryland

I am song & story Alchemist and I want to meet you at the intersection of creativity and recovery. While on tour in Texas, I was struck by an intoxicated driver which resulted in a violent wreck. Through my music and multi-media performances, I explore the pain and joy of recovering one’s body and spirit after extreme trauma. ... more

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