let the people go.

this little light of mine

barely lends a flicker to the dark

chaos surrounding us

but still

when statues fall and high places are flattened

i am reminded of

Leviticus 26:30

Numbers 33:52

Deuteronomy 12:2.

the fall of the work of man cannot erase

history,

but it can erase blind

affection for subconscious altars. violent

coups never win.

BUT

i once saw lenin, bronze and huge and tall, as recent as 2013 in the middle of a communist-dilapidated ukraine village

 

and so

i know

the chill a statue can send through the heart.

and I recall

the ancient golden calf

and i wonder

how little progress we have made since Moses.

let

the people

go.

this little light doesn’t know much but

for the fact that light is the only thing

that breaks through

darkness.

light

and

LOVE.

i stepped away.

i stepped away

today

not to be contrary to the coal black pain, but rather

just for a moment not to be at all.

to feel

the rush of a stream over my toes, and

to hear

the call of cardinals, searing red.

i stepped away

to regain

my footing, shaky and weary to the bone.

what good are we

if we forget what it is

to breathe

broken but alive

under the summer sun.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.

The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.

On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops.

Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.”

Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

safe inside the white house

Isolation made me

yearn for all the undone

to be fixed and put right and so I

put up homes and perches

for the birds,

my own sort of tuppence tossed

out the back door where the wee-est search

for breadcrumbs. They plead

with their broken songs to be

heard.

And we, safe inside our white house watch,

noses pressed to the glass

as they jump from branch to branch.

And still they sing,

the sparrows. Maybe they know

His eye is truly on them.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”

Matthew 10:29 ESV