Stunning Individual Strokes

“One tree is like another, but not too much. One tulip is like the next tulip, but not altogether.  More or less like people–a general outline, then the stunning individual strokes.”  
~Mary Oliver from Upstream

We are all built of the same stuff: atoms, amino acids, cellular scaffolding.

Yet oh so different, delightfully so.

Each one of us weeps the same salty tears.

6 thoughts on “Stunning Individual Strokes

  1. Emily, there is a sorrow in your writings of late. I know sorrow, longing, wistfullness, joy, profound silences, delicate words… They are all part of a poets heart, especially as we age. So I’m just saying that I see you, I don’t know where you are in your journey other than the approaching thresholds you’ve mentioned, and my prayers are with you. I don’t know how you do all that you do in a day, but for a long time now I’ve been grateful that you spend part of your life doing this. It’s a beautiful resonant thing.

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  2. Vive la difference — as in human DNA, grains of sand, fingerprints, stars in the heavens — all the sacred work of our Creator-God….

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  3. Loved this, so beautiful. Like others, sensing a slight change in your writing….perhaps we are wrong, in any case, praying for the Lord’s blessings for you and yours.♥

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  4. Dear Kellie, I do understand from scripture that God listens to our lament, so I do write out sorrow that I feel and that I hear every day in my work.

    God hears our groaning and feels it too. How great is a God who loves us so much that He shares our tears.


  5. Thank you Kellie and Emily for your words about sorrow, lament. We all, to whatever degree have those seasons along our trails, and your thoughts confirm our common experiences with hope in the One who has a plan for all that He allows. Always amazing GRACE.

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