Prepare for Joy: A Breath of Fresh Air

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I am a breath
Of fresh air for you, a change
By and by.

Black March I call him
Because of his eyes
Being like March raindrops
On black twigs.

(Such a pretty time when the sky
Behind black twigs can be seen
Stretched out in one
Uninterrupted
Cambridge blue as cold as snow.)

But this friend
Whatever new names I give him
Is an old friend. He says:

Whatever names you give me
I am
A breath of fresh air,
A change for you.
~Stevie Smith from “Black March”

Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.~Richard Rohr

He knows me, and calls my name when I least expect  it, when I am in despair, alone, grieving.  Only then do I know Him and in naming Him, am changed. Together, our voices are a breath of fresh air.

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