Life: messy and divergent,
an off- key clanging of bells.
Rough fingers left imprints on my ability to see,
my world was seen through smudged lenses, perpetually askew and
I waited for the next shoe to fall.
with honeyed light pouring in on these scarred hard wood floors, the beauty of other scars
is highlighted in raised relief-
Deaths, loves lost or leaving, remembrances and longings;
the hedgerows of a long-ago life.
Here, in this moment, solitude rests
and with this day’s glow falling on to these newly mown fields
a new paradigm emerges:
Forgiveness and compassion bubble up from the dented kettle
and there is a stillness
between each holy breath.
Peace has slipped in quietly to take her place at the window, whispering a sweet
Hallelujah in dulcet tones
and there is a clementine warming on the table
and columbine by the stair.
Joy R. Wilson Parrish © 2018