Hope- with substance

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BLESSING OF HOPE

So may we know
the hope
that is not just
for someday
but for this day—
here, now,
in this moment
that opens to us:

hope not made
of wishes
but of substance,

hope made of sinew
and muscle
and bone,

hope that has breath
and a beating heart,

hope that will not
keep quiet
and be polite,

hope that knows
how to holler
when it is called for,

hope that knows
how to sing
when there seems
little cause,

hope that raises us
from the dead—

not someday

but this day,
every day,
again and
again and
again.


Quote: Jan Richardson
The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief

Image: “So That You May Know the Hope”
© janrichardsonimages.com

 

with many thanks to Jan Richardson

times of scarcity

Times of scarcity need to be met with generosity,
times of fear with comfort,
times of uncertainty with presence.
When we care for those around us,
we create a field of love.

 


Quote: Thomas Hübl
Photo: Matthew T Rader on Unsplash

This Sunday morning

 

it is a serious thing
just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world

Mary Oliver


to live alone…

IT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO LIVE ALONE

It happens to those
who live alone
that they feel sure
of visitors
when no one else
is there.

until the one day
and the one
particular
hour
working in the
quiet garden,

when they realize
at once,
that all along
they have been
an invitation
to everything
and every kind
of trouble

and that life
happens by
to those who
inhabit
silence

like the bees
visiting
the tall mallow
on their legs of gold,
or the wasps
going from
door to door
in the tall forest
of the daisies.

I have my freedom
today
because nothing
really happened

and nobody came
to see me,
only the slow
growing of the garden
in the summer heat

and the silence
of that
unborn life
making itself
known at my desk,

my hands
still
dark
with the crumbling
soil
as I write
and watch

the first lines
of a new poem
like flowers
of scarlet fire
coming to fullness
in a clear light.

 


Quote: IT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO LIVE ALONE
In The House of Belonging
Many Rivers Press. © David Whyte

Sunday Summer Morning
Photo © David Whyte
May 30th 2016