Jorie Graham’s “Prayer” (part of it)

motion that forces change—
this is freedom. This is the force of faith. Nobody gets
what they want. Never again are you the same. The longing
is to be pure. What you get is to be changed. More and more by
each glistening minute, through which infinity threads itself,
also oblivion, of course, the aftershocks of something
at sea. Here, hands full of sand, letting it sift through
in the wind, I look in and say take this, this is
what I have saved, take this, hurry. And if I listen
now? Listen, I was not saying anything. It was only
something I did. I could not choose words. I am free to go.
I cannot of course come back. Not to this. Never.
It is a ghost posed on my lips. Here: never.

3 thoughts on “Jorie Graham’s “Prayer” (part of it)

  1. This captures so much of the challenge of being alive now. We keep striving for wholeness, holiness and we get stuck on one thing or another and we literally get stuck. Maybe you stop thinking, stop feeling, stop striving and just be – holy or not. Wonderfully done.

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