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Instructions in Joy


Nancy Shaffer

I would teach God with plates of pomegranates,
both before they were opened and after.
I would bring wet washcloths.
We would bury our faces and eat:
all that luminescent purple-red,
those clear-bright kernels fitted in tight rows
on small and tumbling hills—
and all that juice, so easily broken, sweet
and puckery at once. We would say nothing.
—from "Were I to Teach a Course on God"

A UUA meditation manual for 2002.

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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