Mar 042012

Poem Sunday, week 2. Thinking today about love, and courageous love – not just romantic, but embodied, incarnational. The kind of love that makes you break down all of the boundaries that have been set between the world as it is and the world as it should be. The kind of love that makes you walk on water.

The Truelove,
by David Whyte

There is a faith in loving fiercely
the one who is rightfully yours,
especially if you have
waited years and especially
if part of you never believed
you could deserve this
loved and beckoning hand
held out to you this way.

I am thinking of faith now

and the testaments of loneliness
and what we feel we are

worthy of in this world.

Years ago in the Hebrides

I remember an old man
who walked every morning
on the grey stones
to the shore of the baying seals,

who would press his hat

to his chest in the blustering
salt wind and say his prayer
to the turbulent Jesus
hidden in the water,

and I think of the story

of the storm and everyone
waking and seeing
the distant
yet familiar figure
far across the water

calling to them,

and how we are all
preparing for that
abrupt waking
and that calling,
and that moment
we have to say yes,
except it will
not come so grandly,
so Biblically,
but more subtly
and intimately in the face
of the one you know
you have to love,

so that when we finally step out of the boat

toward them, we find
everything holds
us, and confirms
our courage, and if you wanted
to drown you could,
but you don’t

because finally

after all the struggle
and all the years,
you don’t want to any more,
you’ve simply had enough
of drowning
and you want to live and you
want to love and you will
walk across any territory
and any darkness,
however fluid and however
dangerous, to take the
one hand you know
belongs in yours.

From The House of Belonging

  One Response to “Poem Sunday 2”

  1. Hey Jess,
    Thank you for this one. I bawl when I read it. I love it. It gives voice to my experience of stepping out and of particular belonging. Thank you.
    This summer, God said to me “BE BOLD in my boldness. BE TRUE in my truth. LOVE FIERCELY in my more than sufficient love.” I’ve never heard anyone use the phrase “love fiercely” until this poem. 🙂

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