Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Little prayer

break my heart,
split it wide,
and let grow
the things inside.


Blogger rdl said...

wow, alot said.

2/08/2006 10:11 AM  
Blogger alan said...

That's a perspective I'd never have thought of, thank you!



2/08/2006 12:13 PM  
Blogger MB said...

rdl and alan, thanks. This is a funny little prayer that came to me last night. I was thinking last night of a friend who is terribly sick and I'm very sad about it and struggling to accept the situation (not ask why!) and stay open. It could be read many ways, I realize. I think that's part of what makes it a good prayer, for me. But from my viewpoint, it's not necessarily about a romantically broken heart, though it could be. It's more about the way life's pains (of whatever kind, and there are many) can be savage enough to break my heart open... but if I can stay open... good things can happen from that.

2/08/2006 4:12 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

This starts out like a sad poem, and then ends with such abundance. The heart can hold the whole emotional spectrum. It's tough to love everything, especially the dark emotions.

2/08/2006 4:51 PM  
Blogger Lhombre said...

Azulejo, when I was a little boy growing up (Kinda like now!) I was given a prayer book by my dad; my dad was Catholic and very religious. It was a prayer book with a picture of the Sacred Heart on the cover. My dad noticed that I rarely (actually never) opened it. He once said I needed to "break it open once in a while). My dad thanks you.

Yo tambien.

2/08/2006 6:20 PM  
Blogger Sky said...

I love your work. It is such joy to visit your page and sing your songs.

2/08/2006 7:38 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Mermaid, it is terribly hard to hold the dark emotions as well. But they are an inevitable part of life, so for the sake of balance, I work on it. It's amazing what can be held by love, when I remember. Also, I look at nature and see that wild things grow back after fire, to pick just one small example, sometimes they grow better - and some plants even require a wildfire for their seeds to grow in the first place - so I have acquired the faith that things will grow within me, too, even after "scorching."

Lhombre, (Kinda like now!) - when are we not growing up? As far as I'm concerned it's one of the saving graces of life that we get to keep growing all our lives. Si? Claro que si!

Sky, thank you for listening. I'm very glad you enjoy them, they are a joy to write, an affirmation of my joy in being alive.

2/08/2006 8:24 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

This prayer is beautiful but I find it such a hard one to pray, and to mean.

2/09/2006 3:47 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

Tout ce qui est important se trouve à l'intérieur du coeur !
Amour , beauté , tout se passe dans le coeur .
Je suis heureux que vous ressentiez la PRESENCE de l'arbre de la photo , c'est la seule chose que j'attendais . Merci de l'avoir ressenti .

2/09/2006 4:08 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

This prayer following your "Strong current" poem creates an interesting juxtaposition of desire. I like them together.

2/09/2006 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the dark and the light are two sides of the same coin. this is a prayer my heart is speaking right now too. thank you for giving me the words.

2/09/2006 10:13 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Mary, I'm with you. It is not an easy one. It's a little prayer with big juju! For me, it's a leap of faith of sorts, counting on that later growth as being essentially an earned reward.

Jean, de plus en plus je pense que le coeur peut-etre couvre tout ce qui est important de la vie... Et merci de l'avoir pris la photo!

RD, your mention of desire makes me think of attachment to outcome and how that fits in to prayer, but I think there's some kind of at least partial difference between being attached to an outcome and hoping to eventually experience something positive without knowing what it is...thinking...!

Anne, thank you for telling me that. It means a lot to me when something I do proves useful somehow to someone.

2/09/2006 2:46 PM  
Blogger Zhoen said...


2/09/2006 5:24 PM  
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2/10/2006 7:56 AM  
Blogger Anna Piutti said...

So powerful!

2/10/2006 7:21 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Zhoen, Becca e Anna, mille grazie, many thanks.

2/12/2006 2:21 PM  
Blogger Frankie said...

oh this is just PERFECT! I'm writing it on the top corner of my journal cover. THANK YOU!

2/12/2006 10:08 PM  

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