Between the Lines

Patti RussoM.S., CPT Certified Poetry Therapist
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Poem for February 2019

"Poetry, like bread, is for everyone."
          -- Roque Dalton

Saint Francis And The Sow 

The bud 
stands for all things, 
even for those things that don't flower, 
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing; 
though sometimes it is necessary 
to reteach a thing its loveliness, 
to put a hand on its brow 
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch 
it is lovely 
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing; 
as Saint Francis 
put his hand on the creased forehead 
of the sow, and told her in words and in touch 
blessings of earth on the sow, and the sow 
began remembering all down her thick length, 
from the earthen snout all the way 
through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail, 
from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine 
down through the great broken heart 
to the blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering 
from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath them: 
the long, perfect loveliness of sow.

Galway Kinnell, from Three Books, 2002.

Writing prompts: We all need, now and then, a hand on our brow or a word or two reminding us of our loveliness so that we can flower from within.

Who or what awakens your self-blessing? What can you do today that will encourage the flowering from within of self-blessing? How can you remind others of their loveliness?