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what we want

26 Mar

In a poemtumblr_ndfshdGueC1r5l2jyo1_r1_500
people want
something fancy,

but even more
they want something
inexplicable
made plain,

easy to swallow –
not unlike a suddenly
harmonic passage

in an otherwise
difficult and sometimes dissonant
symphony –

even if it is only
for the moment
of hearing it. 

~ Mary Oliver, Blue Horses
“What We Want”

It’s true of sermons too, this.
Sermons should be more poem
than point parade,

More parabolic dance
than propositional entrée.

Oddly
it’s those words crafted in and for
the moment
that go deepest,
that live most
eternally
rather than the ones we so carefully

plan.

BlueHorses1

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