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Poetry by Shigé Clark

"Let the battered heart rejoice"

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breathe

Off the Beaten Path

If you should happen, on your way,
To pass beyond the pavement
To find your freedom, for a time,
From brick and beam enslavement
If you should drift out far enough,
You’ll come to be recaptured
Within a hall of ageless trees,
And find yourself enraptured.
If you should wander there, my child,
Keep careful watch, and listen.
Take heed of every rustling leaf,
Each dew drop as it glistens.
Hold fast, and feel the solid earth
Sink slightly underneath you,
Breathe in the scents of time and space
And let their swell enwreath you.
The magic of this world does not
Reside in concrete plaster
That we construct to wall us in
And hem us from disaster.
It is out there, in rising tides
And plunging roots of mountains,
It flies across the vibrant skies
And falls in crystal fountains.
If you should roam out far enough
That you escape our edges,
If you can wander through our world
And plummet from its ledges,
Then fall away, my daring love,
And seize the scattered magic.
For wasting here within these walls
Is nothing short of tragic.

– s. Clark

Theme Week: Prayer – 3

Pray

Breathe.
Inhale the stillness to your bones
Sit down beside the listening stones
Observe the sunset’s melting tones.
Receive the breeze’s soft caress
And put aside the world of stress,
Unearth the things you now suppress.
Lay all your worries out in lanes,
Your fears beside regrets and pains
Like links to all your inner chains.
Look up, and know from wind and space,
Beyond and inside every place,
Your Maker can still find your face,
And He will answer every call.
Regardless of how far you fall,
Your voice will never be too small.
Pray.

– s. Clark

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