Other blessings (29th Jan 2015)
But not with the oil of gladness.
Let it be with a darker oil
That carries the bitterness
Of myrrh and aloes.
But not with the map of easiness.
Let it be with a harder path
That leads me into the darkness
Of strangers and pilgrims.
But not with a mind of blindness.
Let me be a stronger spirit
That seeks to find light
Amid the darkest days.
But not with empty, unsoiled hands
Let it be with blackened ashes
That mark me as humble,
Repentant and contrite.
But not with an easy happiness.
Let it be with a deeper soul
That seeks the sweetness
Of fishes and loaves.