Sunday, June 8, 2008

Eight and Twenty Lines for Linda Jean

Alas! Nobody knows if we are born
unflappable and gracious, or inclined
to contrary behaviors. Are we torn
between two postures, choosing to be kind,
or cold and hard according to the day
and circumstances? I have always held
that in our hearts we want the righteous way,
but how our hearts and weathered bodies meld
is up to us. This brings me to my friend:
her duties placed her at the great divide
between what’s done and what we did intend.
Yet even when there was no time to bide,
She waited patiently to find the place
whence this unruly world shows its best face.

For Linda Jean was so in love with grace,
and so enamored of its comeliness
that she could find the spirit of a trace
of good intentions in the finest mess.
And Linda Jean was so in love with good,
(for she was promised: “to be good is fun.”)
that in the midst of clouds, she understood:
discerning eyes can always find the Sun.
Now Linda Jean becomes what she adores,
and knows for sure that all our clouds shall pass.
God's grace - God's grace alone - is what endures;
God's goodness is the only thing that lasts.
Linda trusted God, and loved to trust
the Grace and Goodness in each one of us.

It has been entirely too long since I have posted.
A dear friend of mine is just gone to Heaven, but I do not
offer her passing as an excuse for my neglect of this space.
Rather, I use her power of example to get back up on the beam.
Have a remarkable day.

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