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for the land beneath our shoes
and the river running through
for the life that we don’t see
and the life we don’t believe

may you grow in every crack that we have made
in the violence of our trying to create
a world we own and design
teach us how to forget what’s yours and his and hers and mine
and to work with what is good

for those lost in depth of night
and without a flame or light
for those with no place that’s safe
and whose laugh now hides away

may you know in your bones
being lost is to be seeking something more
and we only know joy from having known pain
some wiser folks have said they are the same
some wiser folks have said they are the same

for the angry and the cruel
and those blinded by their fear
for those who can’t stand the pain
of the harm they’ve done for their own gain

may you find a way to break
all the walls you’ve built for ignorance’s sake
learn to look at all the life you’ve undone
and begin to learn from everyone
begin to learn from everyone

this a prayer for you and i
that we find our way
towards a home where all can live
strong and free and safe

and as the pitcher cries and speaks
so do man and woman too, for water work and peace
may we do what we know, and know what we love
and love all that lives and live how we believe to be true and good


from Light Comes In, released December 4, 2016



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