I was driving home tonight,
Navigating a moment of freedom.
And I understood:
My heart is on permanent loan from God.
Mine to use. God’s forever. Ours to share.
God’s goodness inside me.
I also understood that this is true of every being in the universe.
No amount of pain, shame, suffering or fear can change this.
My good heart. Our good hearts.
Unchangeable at our core: the very nature of being.
Foundation and liberation.
Seed, root, flower and fruit.
And my calling?
In the clarity of my dark drive,
That, too, was rendered:
To lend out this good heart on the same terms
That I received it.
To offer it to any being,
To all beings –
— Steven Crandell
Author’s note: I use the word “God” here. But truth be told, I would be just as happy with Universe or Tao or Allah or YHWH or Sophia or anything that captures the feeling of the infinite connection all beings share. If “God” does not fit for you, please read the poem and substitute the word that does. Thank you.
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