Barbara J. Pescan
Also appropriate as Prayers
These are signs
that we choose to be in this company
have things to say to each other
things not yet said but in each other’s presence still
trembling behind our hearts’ doors
these doors closed but unlocked
each silent thing waiting
on the threshold between unknowing and knowing,
between being hidden and being known.
Find the silence among these people
and listen to it all—breathing, sighs,
movement, holding back—
hear the tears that have not yet reached their eyes
perhaps they are your own
hear also the laughter building deep where joy abides
Listen: rejoice. And say Amen.
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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
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