01 September 2005

There is a Brokenness (Rashni)

A slight departure from our usual postings. Reni Fulton, a poet/therapist wrote the following this morning, and included the poem below:

I'm sure that everyone is feeling the pain of the great natural disaster that has enveloped the Gulf Coast. The images are heartbreaking and has left us all with a sense of uneasiness and a loss of security. When I feel so powerless I retreat to poetry and prayer. I found this in Women Prayers edited by Mary Ford-Grabowsky and I wanted to share it on the blog if possible. It seems to give some hope amid the brokenness of the world. (Reni Fulton)

There is a Brokenness

There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness
out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.

There is a hollow space
too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness
we are sanctioned into being.

There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open
to the place inside which is unbreakable
and whole,
while learning to sing.


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