A Blessing, Please

stitch by stitch
this love of hand
of heart
to touch you
with the longing
of many
to one
with you
to hold you dear
to light on your shoulders
free you from fears
feel the warmth
the Christ coming

Let it be so!
Let it be so!

(Written to accompany a Prayer Shawl)


Waiting for Warmth

the water is running
as I stand before the mirror
waiting for it to warm
to wash, shave and comb my hair

waiting, too, for something else
the coldness in me to go
in the light of a love
that will not run out as I grow old

the winter stillness stirs
my eyes pool
clearing my way
with tears