Wilderness Heart

Is it easier for a flower to bloom in the desert
or for love to bloom in a fearful heart?

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Say that it’s love, O God — love!
Tell us that love is
the easiest flower in the world to grow,
the most natural life to spring up
in the wilderness.

Tell us, please — we’d be so very glad
to believe it, for we have thought
that only the wilderness can flourish & sing,
that our own voices cannot harmonize adequately
with the dizzying symphony of love.

Tell us that love can grow as surely
as a weed in the broken sidewalk,
uninhibited by our obstructions;
that love can be found more swiftly
than an underground spring with a diviner’s rod;
tell us too that love does not get lost
in the wilderness of these vain hearts.

Is it easier for a flower to bloom in the desert
or for love to bloom in a fearful heart?

Say that it’s love, O God. Let it be love!

on Isaiah 35:1&4

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