Lilies of the Field (This Way Forward)

Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. – Matthew 6:28-9

 i.

	above me, a dedication
if it could fit on this page it would tell you
	make peace with the lilies of the field
they are fragile like arrows
the same that flower in my hand
	both rock and river
forever meeting this way forward


ii.

this poem is not necessary, it is familiar
the sea abandons what it cannot change
death and pavement are not worthy of it

	indeed, the memory, or 
what i have left of it (has left me) 
with no words of my own
	no flowers to speak of 
but the silhouettes of blackbirds
younger, even, than 
	they were yesterday
we meet this way forward

iii. i am at peace with the lilies of the field the spirit flowers and never changes have you felt the weight of the forest yet? decaying beneath our footprints it is better to leap this way forward to shake stars like the blackbird to rattle above the perch

8 thoughts on “Lilies of the Field (This Way Forward)

  1. “the sea abandons what it cannot change, death and pavement are not worthy of it”
    Such strongly penned lines…love what the words encourage in thought…
    What is now, seems to have always been. All of us caught in an endless tide that carries. Peace felt when we understand we have been here before…

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