Our calm hearts strike only the hour

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Woman inside Bird    by Yuko Hosaka

 

Here is a wonderful poem by Jane Kenyon:

Notes from the Other Side

 

By Jane Kenyon, 1947 – 1995

 

I divested myself of despair

and fear when I came here.

 

Now there is no more catching

one’s own eye in the mirror,

 

there are no bad books, no plastic,

no insurance premiums, and of course

 

no illness. Contrition

does not exist, nor gnashing

 

of teeth. No one howls as the first

clod of earth hits the casket.

 

The poor we no longer have with us.

Our calm hearts strike only the hour,

 

and God, as promised, proves

to be mercy clothed in light.

 

 

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