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Holy Weakness

Blessing You Cannot Turn Back

For Holy Thursday

from Circle of Grace


As if you could

stop this blessing

from washing

over you.


As if you could

turn it back,

could return it

from your body

to the bowl,

from the bowl

to the pitcher,

from the pitcher

to the hand

that set this blessing

on its way.


As if you could

change the course

by which this blessing

flows.


As if you could

control how it

pours over you—

unbidden,

unsought,

unasked,


yet startling

in the way

it matches the need

you did not know

you had.


As if you could

become undrenched.


As if you could

resist gathering it up

in your two hands

and letting your body

follow the arc

this blessing makes.



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