The Words of Mary Palmer

by Geoff Hall on November 20, 2013

 

I thought it would be good for us to reflect on the words read at our recent Tree House Common Union. Reading poetry has that initial impact, but I’m sure you are like me and would like to reflect further. So here are those words from our friend Mary Palmer.

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Tidal Shift: Selected Poems By Mary Palmer. (Published by Awen Publications)

Tidal Shift: Selected Poems By Mary Palmer. (Published by Awen Publications)

 

 

“We live by faith, not by rules. By grace. The wind blows where it will, transforming and renewing. Just as fire purges and water cleanses, artists can challenge and disturb. In their search for integrity they may follow unconventional paths. Christ, a storyteller and poet, knew that.” [p142]

 

 

 

 

 

Plea:

may we be bound

to others by cords of love

may peace

silence the discord of doubt

 

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heal those feelings

brittle as leaf skeletons

that shatter to touch

 

those bruised memories

stamped as leaves on mud

those buds turned black

 

help me forgive

inspire new shoots to flourish

turn gentle to the sun

 

***

 

sculptor of stars and dreams

director of the storm

and moods of the sea –

breath words of healing

through me

 

 

The daily grind

may you, in your work

know joy

and a sense of purpose

 

may you use your talents

and feel fulfilled

 

may God work through you

in moments of friendship, fun

and laughter

 

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when the going gets tough

may you bring good

out of adverse situations

 

have the courage

to denounce injustice

refrain from gossip

 

and the wisdom to know

when it’s time to move on

and let go

 

Peace and Love,

Geoffxx

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