Christ’s Keeping

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We make this life together,
our own dusty prints over the road;
our own hands making up
and turning down the beds;
our own mouths tasting
the bitter and the sweet, the salty and the sour;
like Rumi’s chick pea and cook,
we are each other’s teacher,
hitting each other with the skimming spoon,
boiling in our passions and in our sufferings,
in our mysteries and in our unknowings.
And these baby chick peas
we think we are cooking; they are
cooking us, the little gurus, the little lights,
the little creatures bedazzling our tapestry,
its bedraggled edges torn through sleeplessness
and sorrows.  We are all jumping in and out
of this blessing pot together, our understanding
deepened and flavored, our love seasoned and spiced.
Our beds warmed and cooled; you are my blanket,
I am your pillow; they our comforters, we their bed.
Our footprints pressing deep and creating distinction.
We carry each other over the road, through the joys.
Christ within us, keeping together.

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  1. There is so much I love about this Amy: the blessing pot, our dusty prints over the road, our hands making up and turning down the beds…I could go on and include the entire poem!! Rumi’s reference works well too especially the little gurus. The cooking, bed covers and all the lovely domestic details warm this piece further and bring the intimacy of the lives and days. It really works! The ending is great. It is wonderful that Christ does indeed keep us together on our journey through the struggles and joys of life!! I think you were able to be a conduit for this poem. I strongly believe It conveys and expresses what you intended from your previous drafts. Bravo!!!! Blessings for you always friend!!!!

    • I’m so thankful for your willingness to read drafts of this piece. Isn’t it funny how there is only a shadow of the previous versions? I completely erased my first attempts and started fresh. I appreciate all your comments and insights! Blessings to you!

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