Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday Prayer

What Song Then?

When my life is alien soil
and a wind
like fear
makes restless ground
of all I have done--

what song, then,
to send out roots
that will drink the rain
that does not come--

how could I sing?

Watch light come
from dark and mist rise
from waters
as sky and shore
emerge out of night,
and a tree half-green,

Half-afraid of what is in me
(though God has called it good)
I sob over nothing,

desires I cannot name.

Sing us, they say,
a song you remember...
-Kathleen Norris, Little Girls in Church
  University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995

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