What if he meant it?

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What if all the words were not metaphor,
but speech plain as bread,
 
plain as the bread
that lights upon our outstretched hands
like a dove
or a beating heart:
this is my body?
 
We do not know what it is, really,
or who he was,
but what if he meant what he said?
What if all the promises are true?
What if heaven
really can be found in the lily’s golden stamen,
What if forgiveness is easy
and it is rage that coats our tongue in ashes?
What if we did spill forth from one womb,
what if “brother” is not just a word we say?
What if we really can have it all —
heaven and earth held in the palm of our hand,
life upon life spilling into us,
and all of heaven’s gold in the simple light of dawn?
 
If all that were true, would you then
take the daring risk,
step aside from yourself, o so gently aside,
and let the light pour in?
 
What if we can only give it to one another,
And never receive it for ourselves?
 
Could you welcome it then?
 
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5 Responses to What if he meant it?

  1. Warren Clark in Jerusalem says:

    Poetry like this make a difference.

  2. The Rev. Carlyle Gill says:

    Fabulous! I didn’t know you were a poet and a good one! Thank you.

  3. Linda V says:

    This is beautiful. Thank you for waking up my heart this morning!

  4. Wendy says:

    Beautifully moving.
    Could it be we have not because we give not?

  5. Heddy Reid says:

    Wow, Deborah. This is gorgeous. Visionary. Thank you.

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