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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!

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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