mercy wears a white onesie

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“The words of Jesus, ‘Love one another as I have loved you,’ must be not only a light for us but a flame that consumes the self in us. Love, in order to survive, must be nourished by sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of self.” ~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

mercy wears a white onesie

My yoga mat fits
perfectly beneath our crucifix

where I lie down in corpse pose
and am reminded of mercy.

Tonight my corpse-pose-prayers are convoluted –
tsunami waves and whirlpools –

but now my little one thwacks his two pudgy hands
onto my pudgy belly and crawls toward my chest

looking for my eyes,
he searches my neck and chin

until I lift my head
and bring my face close to his;

we are belly to belly,
nose to nose in love.

Tonight my corpse-pose-prayers are convoluted –
tsunami waves and whirlpools;

but now I climb gladly from the mat
for easy prayers and rubs and sleep

for tonight my mercy wears white.

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