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WHAT ABIDES
You will know this blessing
by how it does not stay still,
by the way it refuses to rest
in one place.
You will recognize it
by how it takes first one form,
then another:
now running down
the face of the mother
who watches the breaking
of the child
she had borne,
now in the stance of the woman
who followed him here
and will not leave him bereft.
Now it twists in anguish
on the mouth of the friend
whom he loved;
now it bares itself in the wound,
the cry, the finishing and
final breath.
This blessing
is not in any one of these alone.
It is what binds them together.
It is what dwells
in the space
between them,
though it be torn and gaping.
It is what abides
in the tear
the rending makes.
– Jan Richardson
by riversidenyc

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