Tuesday, December 31, 2013

for the New Year

Happy new year - God's blessings to you all for 2014!

 New year prayers.004

New year prayers.003

I have a small grain of hope—
one small crystal that gleams
clear colors out of transparency.

I need more.

I break off a fragment
to send you.

Please take
this grain of a grain of hope
so that mine won't shrink.

Please share your fragment
so that yours will grow.

Only so, by division,
will hope increase,

like a clump of irises, which will cease to flower
unless you distribute
the clustered roots, unlikely source—
clumsy and earth-covered—

of grace.

(For the new year, by Denise Levertov, 1981)

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