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A Mother As a Sign from God


Joris John Heise

A person pregnant reveals finesse:
Not of steel, nor of death; more fragile—
A mom maintains the line of signs from God.

Her truth talks past silliness to grace,
Leaps beyond all cold-and-cruel deaths of time,
Or even worse, that screech of ache

That howls horrors deep inside doubt,
That drives us down to those choiceless sins
Wherein our soul dies in vague indifference.


God, though, comes tenderer than lips,
More lovely by far than a child’s listen,
More mighty than all time’s travel in the universe.

We can find such Mom-signs within travail
Where joy, conceived in quiet time of courage clasped,
Can now be born as fresh presence of good achieve.

Such Good from the Father lies tough now, stays hidden,
But ups our downs by steady smile of mystery
With inside life stretched until we burst, born again


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