The Heart of Man

This is the match to burn the heart of man

to ignite the coal dust

to cleanse the impurities to make it sparkle

and shine

revealing the diamonds

hidden neath the mountains of pressure and age

This is the match to make new life begin

and make him beautiful again

just as he was meant to be.

Gifted, not Re-Gifted

You are not a broken box

Expecting to get met with a scowl

and returned to sender

No, you are a present,

impeccably wrapped

and beautiful,

carrying wordless

worth and beauty

How lucky we are to have you

be present, be now, be loved

and, of course, open yourself up to others,

the true treasure’s inside.

 

Permission to be Ugly

To permit myself to be ugly

is to permit myself to be beautiful

for if I do embrace my

flaws and failures

they will haunt me

in any attempt I make to be perfect and good

There will always that fear that they will see past

the foundation and the makeup

and see me as I really am,

but that is the point:

I want them to see that me

the PJs and cornchips

me

and say, I love you all the same

So I embrace that me

I invite you to do the same

to make a funny face

to embrace my contortions

and in doing that

become even more beautiful

than I ever have been before.

Amen.

o Mighty, Majestic Creator God

We’re all so beautiful

Made from clay and bone

Filled with the warmth of blood

pumping wildly ‘neath

the softest of skin

Our mouths breathe forth the breath

first put into by God,

the laws say nothing is lost

The power and majesty of the First Day

still surrounds us

every day.

LORD, open my eyes so I can see it

see you

see everything

angels, demons, hope life love danger

community need

let me fall to my knees and thank you

for I am in of everything

You touch

o Mighty Majestic Creator

of heaven and earth.