I stake my joy
not in wanderings
in your or somebody else's dreams
nor in busy half-thoughts crowding
spaces where I rail or mean
to be, but in the embrace
of my unfinished shadow
reminding me that to watch
listen, and unhand old fears
is to breathe out the blessing
that begins and ends
in the alleluia I deserve to hear.
© 2010 Maureen E. Doallas. All Rights Reserved.
This poem is for the Tuesday, May 4, Blog Carnival sponsored by Bridget Chumbley at One Word at a Time and Peter Pollock of Rediscovering the Church.
The Blog Carnival is a biweekly online event open to anyone. Participants write on a one-word prompt or topic. This week's is "joy".
Go here for a list of links to all of the contributions, which are posted throughout Tuesday and often through to the end of the week.
The Blog Carnival's FaceBook page is here.