Flowering From Within

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The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;
as Saint Francis
put his hand on the creased forehead
of the sow, and told her in words and in touch
blessings of earth on the sow, and the sow
began remembering all down her thick length,
from the earthen snout all the way
through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail,
from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine
down through the great broken heart
to the blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering
from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath
them:
the long, perfect loveliness of sow.
~
Galway Kinnell “Saint Francis and the Sow”

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One thought on “Flowering From Within

  1. “…everything flowers from within….sometimes it is necessary to reteach…loveliness…”

    What an incredibly beautiful reminder that we cannot do it all by ourselves, that we need Divine intervention – especially when we become derailed and lured away from the Source of all that we need to exist in the Kingdom – especially in a world that is hostile to goodness and mercy.

    (I interpret Kinnell’s source that reteaches us ‘in word and in touch’ is God’s Holy Spirit – the Advocate whom Jesus has promised would be there for us.)

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