Good to Melt

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How exactly good it is
to know myself
in the solitude of winter,

my body containing its own
warmth, divided from all
by the cold; and to go

separate and sure
among the trees cleanly
divided, thinking of you

perfect too in your solitude,
your life withdrawn into
your own keeping

–to be clear, poised
in perfect self-suspension
toward you, as though frozen.

And having known fully the
goodness of that, it will be
good also to melt.
~Wendell Berry “The Cold”

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Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist,
and into them enters suffering,
in order that they may have existence.
~
Leon Bloy

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I watch new heart chambers form every day
too frozen solid, too overwhelmed
with hurt
and loss
and despair
to continue to pulse warm.
So I try
to help patients let go of
their suffering,
let it thaw to liquid, let the ice melt down,
allow it to pass through freely
forgiving, forgiven~
a heart changed
by winter transformed to spring,
flowing warm from new found grace.

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4 thoughts on “Good to Melt

  1. Yes, Marilyn, I add an “amen” to this prayer for Emily! She doesn’t do that only at her work–her blog posts often accomplish the same thing in me, and, I’m sure, in most of her readers! I should tell her that more often. You are a consistent blessing, Emily–I look forward to your daily posts more than any others.

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  2. ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ to Marilyn and Jo.
    Let the frozen hearts thaw, turn to flowing healing tears and, cleansed of guilt and pain, remain in our souls as a continual reminder of His Presence and His Mercy..

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