Advent Again – day 11

“out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”

 

hirotoshi-ito_stone_sculpture

stone sculpture by Hirotoshi Ito

from “The Words Under the Words” by Naomi Shihab Nye

My grandmother’s eyes say Allah is everywhere, even in death.
When she talks of the orchard and the new olive press,
when she tells the stories of Joha and his foolish wisdoms,
He is her first thought, what she really thinks of is His name.
“Answer, if you hear the words under the words—
otherwise it is just a world with a lot of rough edges,
difficult to get through, and our pockets full of stones.”

 

 

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