forever hollowed out

and now that you don’t have to be perfect

you can be good.

~John Steinbeck

may you too, know how to slip in the back door…..

inquiry for today~ there are prayers that hold us firmly in our grit….

a silence opening

If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead–
if it’s all you can do
to keep on trudging–

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted–

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

~Mary Oliver

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