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Topic: Red (10/01/09)
TITLE: Inside the Potter's Palm
By Jennifer Galey
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
a fist of soil studded in stones.
In rubble of days You found worth,
Your breath kindles these brittle bones. <br>
Your fingers braid to form a sieve
to strain purity from the mud,
And when my lips part<i> I believe</i>,
You lathered the dirt in your blood. <br>
Black grime sifting through gaping holes,
where nails gnawed through the Living Bread,
piles into a pliable shape
when softened by the color red. <br>
Raw clay centered on spinning wheel
of Living Word to wither flesh,
Your promise makes my beauty reel
when body, mind, and spirit mesh. <br>
Your thumb presses a supple dent,
an empty cavern in my soul,
that leaves Your loving fingerprint,
a womb where Your Spirit can grow. <br>
Refining fire blows inside
with a healing vermillion breeze.
It chars the toxins from my pride
and fans me gently to my knees. <br>
When spinning days blur into nights
and my soul is dizzy with fear,
Your Holy Word my heart recites
and hope is shaped from crimson tear. <br>
Though wheel whirls in revolution
and emptiness fills this vessel,
in the center of confusion
You whisper to me,<i> Peace be Still</i>. <br>
You place me gently to cement
upon the rock of salvation.
Anoint me with a sweet rose scent
that will linger though the nation. <br>
Your spirit slides down angel wings
to fill this fossil from Your hands
And spills from a bubbling spring
to splash Your blood in thirsty sands. <br>
When red sun shuts its black lashes
and basin models as an urn,
You pluck beauty from these ashes
and in Your palm my soul returns. <br>
<b>Isaiah 64:8 </b>
Yet, O LORD, You are our Father.
We are the clay, You are the potter;
We are all the work of Your hand.
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