Friday, August 27, 2010

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sometimes life splits open the sides and truth sews skin back up with love and stronger thread

what doesn't take away life
adds on to days that come
learning things from
lessons forced,
the vaccination of the soul

he speaks to me on a stormy night
with a bug clutched to screen
using insects to teach me that prayer
is a tree on which to lean

cause God is good like that

linking up with Emily @ in the hush of the moon for Imperfect Prose Thursdays
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22 comments:

Words A Day said...

I found this stunning - "using insects to teach me that prayer/is a tree on which to lean" a poem that hold its truth so gracefully, so carefully -

Wanda..... said...

Alexis, I wish you a forest of trees to lean on...that truly is where I spiritualy connect with nature and God.

Southern Gal said...

Isn't He, though?

Vicki said...

hi alexis :) i love it! you have such a gift...you should really get all of your poems together someday, and submit them to be published. like, not in a blog, but in a book made of paper. i love all of your words, but especially lines 1 through 4. so beautiful. xo

Nancy said...

God IS good like that, though so often my eyes fail to see his goodness. I only see life splitting open. This is so beautiful, Alexis.

B. Meandering said...

Having just had one side split open, I'm working on the sewing up part. What a marvelous metaphor!
Your words are packed with stunning imagery and truth.
The vaccination of the soul: I've never thought of it that way, but again you give us truth in powerful imagery.
I'm deeply touched.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Alexis...I found this extremely fascinating "lessons forced,
the vaccination of the soul "
As usual, a beautiful poem.

Claudia said...

so so so beautiful - i love how you use your words to paint a picture - and yes - he speaks through insects (and donkeys….smiles)

Dean said...

Miss,
I very much appreciate this post! I appreciate the heart it comes from!

Best of thoughts,

emily wierenga said...

oh alexis...

this is brilliant.

i cling like that bug with you, to the screen...

sides split open,

him stitching back up. love you.

e.

Annie said...

Hi Alexis, I find the image of the insect clinging to the screen, to be an expression of inner strength. It's always worth it to hold on, to the screen, to life, to ourselves, and to those we love. Thinking of you, and sending hugs.

Carrie Burtt said...

Alexis this is pure grace of words and grace of God....i just love it!!! :-)

TALON said...

This is so wonderful and so beautifully composed.

Barb said...

First, Alexis, I must tell you that I have been enthralled with the Mantis since I was a child. So - when I saw the photo, I knew you would be giving me a poem gift. The lines "the vaccination of the soul" linger in my mind. I will think of their meaning in my own life. Thank You.

Kerry O'Connor said...

A beautiful image - learning to pray from nature. So many wise observations about life and love.

Foxglove Spires said...

That's beautiful, it is amazing what we can learn from nature if we look and listen, thank you.

Jodi said...

I love your voice, Alexis. This blessed me today.

Samantha Bennett said...

"Sometimes life splits open the sides and truth sews skin back up with love and stronger thread." Ah, the story of my life right now. Pretty much adored this poem. Thanks for sharing with us.

Poets United said...

Your use of words and imagery in this poem is wonderful. I always enjoy your writings. Thank you for sharing.

Tamara said...

Hi Alexis...may I have permission to print this one? I keep them in my diary, things that I find, that speak to me at just the right moment...this is one for me. Tough week for me...prayer is carrying me through

Shrinky said...

Love the metaphor of life splitting open, and the clever observation how lessons forced vaccinate the soul. Both deep and true!

flaubert said...

Very nice poem!
Pamela