SOL16: #18 Writing is like Praying
March 18, 2016 by margaretsmn
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Poetry Friday round-up with Robyn Hood Black.
Writing is like praying, because you stop all other activities, descend into silence, and listen patiently to the depths of your soul, waiting for true words to come. When they do, you thank God because you know the words are a gift, and you write them down as honestly and cleanly as you can.
– Helen Prejean C.S.J.
Broken Pottery by Sweet Tea
shards of unwanted
clay, rock, soil
litter the ground.
There, unharmed, her hidden heart–
once protected by
earth mother, soft and dark,
open like the flowers
in an abandoned field,
reaching for light.
When you open yourself to the world, it will reveal itself to you. I opened two different emails. The first from Laura Shovan. She sent me the Sister Helen Prejean quote. A gift of a gift.
The second was Tabatha Yeatts’ blog post here.
This image of the broken pottery grabbed me, and I opened the note on my computer and composed this poem. I know it comes from my heart that aches for a child whose home is not as it should be. Yet she is exactly who she should be, open and kind and full of joy. This broken pot. Her full heart. My attention.