Make Music Like Mercy

Prompt: Wind

wind vane silhouette

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


Pain is a pesky part of being human, I’ve learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can’t be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces.

C. JoyBell C.


and half of learning to play is learning what not to play

and she’s learning the spaces she leaves have their own things to say

and she’s trying to sing just enough so that the air around her moves

and make music like mercy that gives what it is and has nothing to prove

she crawls out on a limb and begins to build her home

and it’s enough just to look around and to know that she’s not alone

up up up up up up up points the spire of the steeple

but god’s work isn’t done by god

it’s done by people

Ani DiFra


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