Only the Strength We Have

The heart’s reasons
seen clearly,
even the hardest
will carry
its whip-marks and sadness
and must be forgiven.

As the drought-starved
eland forgives
the drought-starved lion
who finally takes her,
enters willingly then
the life she cannot refuse,
and is lion, is fed,
and does not remember the other.

So few grains of happiness
measured against all the dark
and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us
only the strength we have and we give it.
Then it asks more, and we give it.

~Jane Hirshfield “The Weighing” from The Beauty

So many right now feel they have no more left to give;
so much has been asked, so much sacrificed,
the scale feels broken, forever out of balance.

Yet more strength is needed, more requested,
and somehow in some way,
the scale steadies, rebalances
because of that extra effort.

We can’t give up now.
We need each other to give a little more
try a little harder
go a little farther
smile behind the mask
while showing our smile above the mask.

It only takes a little love
to balance out all the rest.

from “Feats of Strength” by Tom Otterness at Western Washington University

One thought on “Only the Strength We Have

  1. “So many right now feel they have no more left to give;
    so much has been asked, so much sacrificed,
    the scale feels broken, forever out of balance.”

    Yes. That’s how I feel. My dad called again from his personal care room at 4:00 AM this morning.
    It just makes me feel so sad and reminds me I’m not there to take care of him, when he feels fearful and helpless.
    Just watched the funeral service of a friend. She wanted the people there and listening online to come to know Jesus and be ready for Heaven. She was a woman of faith. Her service spoke hope into my heart.

    Our country is totally out of control. Totally out of balance. The anger. The rage. The great divide among the scientists. I wonder what you think??? How would you approach this virus?? How could this virus become so politicized? There is no truth. Everyone is fact checking! So very, very, very sad.
    Linda

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