Thursday, January 8, 2009


A classmate from high school had included the following lines (which turned out to be the first half of the poem "St. Francis and the Sow" by Galway Kinnell) in his FB profile and I was so struck by the words.
The bud
stands for all things,
even those that don't flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing.

The idea of everything flowering from within, of self-blessing particularly, leapt out at me as significant and true. Sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness.

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