Mercy by the Sea

Mercy by the Sea December 4, 2023

Like those stone islands close
to the surface, that show at low
tide but are hidden when the moon
is full, we wait for all that we hide
to be loved into the open.

This is why we search for true
friends, steadfast as the moon,
because their tide of honest
conversation makes us reveal

So that things that wing from
the sky, like mercy and grace,
can land on us and free us
of our litany of mistakes.


A Question to Walk With: In conversation with a friend or loved one, describe a time when, despite your good intent, you did harm or made a mistake. How have you made peace with this very human dissonance?

This is from my new book of poems in progress, The River of Already.

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Dec 8-10: St Andrews, Jackson, MI, Weekend Retreat, Falling Down and Getting Up, (Register Here)



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Dec 8-14: Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Saying YES to Life: The One Life We’re Given (web link)


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