I love listening to Lizzie Winn and Justin Wise as they talk about texts on Turning Towards Life, hosted by Third Space. And it’s always especially fun to hear them converse on their weekly podcast about one of my poems. In this episode, they discuss “Love,”.
They say this about the program: We’re conditioned to think of ourselves and other people as in need of fixing, and it makes it so difficult for us to open to one another’s beauty and mystery. So what if we could cultivate eyes and hearts of wonder at the luminescent half-moon of one another’s presence, and receive one another as rivers do as they give their power and beauty to one another?
Here’s the poem they discuss:
Though I am undeniably broken,
I come to you with no need to be fixed.
I come to you the way one river
Meets another river – not joining
Out of thirst, but because
there is so much power
And beauty in giving oneself
To another, in moving
Through the world together.
I come to you the way the half moon
Comes into the yard – I could be more
Whole, but in the meantime,
I will bring you everything