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a handful of semi-secular prayers

November 8, 2018

if you are the part of me
or you prompt the part of me
or you encourage the part of me
that draws me on
towards humility and kindness
you are the arms within my arms

we all have our moments of being mistaken
so run it up the flagpole and see if I smile

some days it feels
like our duty
to weep for the world,
only to hear the cry:
no, pilgrim, begin by saving yourself!
women and children first
unless you’re traveling First Class

place the mask firmly over mouth and nose
and breathe normally

remember:
we are more than the sum of our addictions
we are more than the sum of our obsessions

but:
to learn so much
and still have so little
to teach

if you are the part of me
or you urge the part of me
or you inspire the part of me
that draws me on
towards generosity and grace
you are the hands within my hands

on the passing of the father of my friend
she takes the journey to the border,
into grief, into family, into the fields,
where she harvests

and the voices that I savour
mix with the voices that are not coming back
and the voices of the future
mix with the voices that have come and gone

I know how to sing
the psalms from the psalter
of the minds of men;
perhaps I am ready
for the psalms of women
to wash their waves
through my soul

~ and so I opened my voice
and sang her song
from the inside

if you are the part of me
or you grow the part of me
or you nourish the part of me
that draws me on
towards the just and the peaceful
you are the heart within my heart

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