Blog entry by Alan Chapman
This beautiful profound poem by Martha Postlethwaite is for the countless people hit deeper by grief or trauma so that we believe and adopt our false new purpose, made reality, to:
- accept a guilt that does not exist,
- seek redemption when none is due,
- pay a penance when none is owed,
- replace our born goodness with a wretched worthless shell,
- make meaning of what cannot be understood,
- expect others untouched to be touched,
- and sacrifice our soul,
- to fix the world, and fix all the other harms that we now intimately know...
ClearingDo not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself to this world
so worthy of rescue.
Love to all,
About Martha Postlethwaite: Martha Postlethwaite's publisher Fortress Press offers this biography: "Martha Postlethwaite has spent her professional life listening to and sharing stories in numerous settings, including as a seminary chaplain and in congregations. A United Methodist Church pastor, she is trained in counseling psychology and spiritual direction. After twenty-two years in theological education, Martha found her true home as the lead pastor of The Recovery Church in St. Paul, Minnesota." (Retrieved 11 Oct 2019 from https://fortresspress.com/author/martha-postlethwaite, for her book Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual Pilgrimage, published February 1, 2019. The poem Clearing was written several years prior to this.)