TURN

Turn away from me my
Love, or let
me leave this life.

My soul, bound
and weighted,
can not contain
enough of You.

If You leave, life
will end. If You
stay, I’ll die of joy.

Go just a little
step, and fix Your
gaze another place.

Then I can dare to
look again, breathe
and reach for You.

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BLESSINGS

For uncounted generations
priest told congregation

Dominus vobiscum
God be with you

They replied

Ed cum spiritu tuo
And also with you

Marvelous blessings to share
Grant one another

What a change
if instead

We blessed
May you know that God is with you

Responded with
And may you know as well

The difference between
Uncertainty
Fear
Loneliness
Shame
Anxiety
Longing

and

Joy
Companionship
Serenity
Peace
Love
Gratitude

How to let people know
God lives
tucked warmly behind
each person’s heart

Waiting to be found

CONSOLATION

Slowly
I learn to forgive myself

Human needs
overlaid with
inconsolable aches

You made this
human animal

So must bless
hungers

Acquired emotional voids
are mine to bear

and no fault of yours

Indeed, blessings

For they drove me
to despair

Where I found You

waiting