Sunday, May 15, 2011

What Song, Then?

What Song, Then?
by Kathleen Norris, from Little Girls in Church, 1995

When my life is alien soil
and a wind
like fear
makes restless ground
of all I have done--

what song, then,
to send out roots
that will drink the rain
that does not come--

how could I sing?

Watch light come
from dark and mist rise
from waters
as sky and shore
emerge out of night,
and a tree half-green,

Half-afraid of what is in me
(though God has called it good)
I sob over nothing,

desires I cannot name.

Sing us, they say,
a song you remember...

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