Tuesday, May 24, 2011

“Lift Your Heart Toward Heaven”

One of my daughters forwarded this poem to me yesterday, and it has continued to echo. It reverberates against my experience of last weekend’s CL Fraternity Exercises, which I wrote about here, and here, and here. To be aware of my need, no matter how far “down” I may be, and to lift my heart toward heaven “like a hungry beggar”—this is worth remembering every day. “The one that says nothing good came of this, is not yet listening . . . ”

Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you
from lifting your heart toward heaven—
only you.
It is in the middle of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one that says nothing good came of this,
is not yet listening.
--Clarissa Estes

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