Sunday, March 24, 2019

Invocation by Jeanne Lohmann

Photo by Lynn Parsons
Let us try what it is to be true to gravity,
to grace, to the given, faithful to our own voices,
to lines making the map of our furrowed tongue.
Turned toward the root of a single word, refusing
solemnity and slogans, let us honor what hides 
and does not come easy to speech. The pebbles 
we hold in our mouths help us to practice song,
and we sing to the sea. May the things of this world
be preserved to us, their beautiful secret
vocabularies. We are dreaming it over and new,
the language of our tribe, music we hear
we can only acknowledge. May the naming powers
be granted. Our words are feathers that fly
on our breath. Let them go in a holy direction.

I encountered this poem in Parker J. Palmer's On the Brink of Everything -- of which, more on another day.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

This was lovely. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing it.