A Poem: A Blessing

I seek to give you a blessing
and the blessing I would give,
if I could,

take your hands,
open them wide
and place in them a gift

would be an offering of
such benevolence
you would no longer want

from here-on-in
would not question –
would raise your head.

For the blessing I seek to give,
the blessing I would give,
if I could

take your heart,
pry it apart
and place in it a boon

would be of a largesse
of a magnitude
you would no longer need

from here-on-in
would not doubt –
would believe.

I seek to give you a blessing
and the blessing I would give,
if I could,

take your soul
lift it high
to catch the updraft

would be a promise
of such completeness,
you would no longer desire

from here on in
would not wonder –
would know for sure.

I seek to give you the blessing
that never leaves,
if I could

if I were capable of giving to you
the gift of you,
glorious

and enough on your own
fearfully,
and wonderfully formed

I would show you
who you are,
hold up a mirror from inside.

Yes, I’ve sought to give you a blessing
that never lets you down
if I were able

to give you the gift
of seeing yourself in your
entirety

the way God holds you in his sight
perfect,
not lacking anything

that would hold you back
from fulfilling
all that he’s ordained

for you
then I would,

for you.

Ana Lisa de Jong
July 2017

 

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