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Come As You Are – highly commended

Come As You Are – highly commended
July 5, 2016 Lynne Ling

Come As You Are


It was when there was nowhere else to turn –

when I’d run out of argument,

that I confronted you –

relentless Lover.

Your light exposed the threadbare

nature of my armour –

the flimsy scaffold of my defence.


You stand there, astride the centuries,

your feet on the ground

your eyes on the frontiers of eternity.


In your joyful exuberance you call –


Come with me!

Come into my space!

Love is infinite! So –

steer by a different star,

live on a bigger map,

come to different conclusions,

change your priorities,

share my spaciousness!


Agoraphobic, I hide –

behind habit, tradition,

“We’ve always done it this way.”

I’m daunted by your space.

There’s no assurance of a comfort zone.

No promise of security.

No shelter from the blazing Love

that set the show in motion.


Fearing the unpredictable

I plead inadequacy,

lack of good connections,

general unworthiness.


You say

Come as you are,

and hold out your hand.


I take the outstretched hand,

but carefully,

remembering that it is wounded.


© Rosemary Wakelin

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