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Thoughts from Pastor Barb: Saint Francis and the Sow

A wonderful poelm to open our season of BLESSING!  Remember your own loveliness!

Saint Francis and the Sow

By Galway Kinnell

The bud stands for all things

even for those things that don’t flower,

for everything flowers, from within,

of self-blessing;

though sometimes it is necessary

to reteach a thing its loveliness,

to put a hand on its brow

of the flower

and retell it in words and in touch:

it is lovely

until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;

as Saint Francis

put his hand on the creased forehead

of the sow,

and told her in words and in touch

blessings of earth on the sow,

and the sow

began remembering all down her thick length,

from the earthen snout all the way

through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail,

from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine

down through the great broken heart

to the sheer blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering

from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths

sucking and blowing beneath them:

the long, perfect loveliness

of sow.