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We must hold each other with tender care, so as not to bend a soul away from its truth.      – from The Endless Practice  


 Over and over we break

open, we break and

we break and we open.

For a while, we try to fix

the vessel—as if

to be broken is bad.

As if with glue and tape

and a steady hand we

might bring things to perfect

again. As if they were ever

perfect. As if to be broken is not

also perfect. As if to be open

is not the path toward joy.
The vase that’s been shattered

and cracked will never

hold water. Eventually

it will leak. And at some

point, perhaps, we decide

that we’re done with picking

our flowers anyway, and no

longer need a place to contain them

We watch them grow just

as wildflowers do—unfenced,

unmanaged, blossoming only

when they’re ready—and mygod,

how beautiful they are amidst

the mounting pile of shards.


The Way It Is by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer







  Listen to Norah Jones sing The Long Way Home


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