Gratitude Friday – Let the Limbs be Cut Back


Can we be grateful for the hard pieces of our life, as well as the beautiful? Can we accept that there is growth to be found, that there is a lesson we are learning, even if we don’t know what it is yet?

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“All art …”
by Carl Phillips

Routinely the sea,
unbuckling, outswells
the frame it will

return to, be
held restively

If there is a shadow
now, on the water, if
there are several,

somewhere are those that must
cast them, they will not

what does?
Our bodies, it turns out,
are not flutes, it

is unlikely that
God is a mouth with nothing
better to do than

push a wind
out, across us,
but we are human,

flawed therefore and,
therefore, shall suit ourselves:

Hard Master
I called out,
Undo me, at last

understanding how
gift, any difficult
knot is — by

fingers, time, patience —
undone, knowing
too the blade by which

— if it means
the best, the most fruit — oh,
let the limbs be cut back.

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Be sure to hop on over to read Grace’s post about all the hidden ways we show our love, and how much our work matters. It’s one of my favorite pieces of the blogosphere ever.  And I’m loving your thoughts about what help you need in the kitchen – keep em coming!

Blessings on your weekend, friends.

2 Responses to “Gratitude Friday – Let the Limbs be Cut Back”

  1. 1

    Hello! I just found you actually through your green shawl on ravelry, but seeing your blog list I’m surprised I haven’t found you before, we read the practically the exact same blogs. :) That picture of your little one with the tomato is so amazingly cute! I’m happy to have found your blog, it’s a very sweet spot!

  2. 2

    That is such a fantastic photo, it makes me incredibly cheerful =) The look on your little one’s face (and yours for that matter) is priceless. Thanks for sharing!

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