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The Web Poetry Corner - Joris John Heise - The Blood Stream of the Divine Family

The Blood Stream of the Divine Family


Joris John Heise

We prove paternity by tracing blood’s down course--
But blood--examined--breathes stranger truths, too, to us--
That clue there of our Paternal God costs blood
When risky love creates us new from a hard-won "yes,"
While water—with breathing—forms a base for all life;
Thirsty failures die in deserts far from homes
Where Mother-Care could furnish sweet flowing love
In all its uses so unnoticed by us hurriers here and now.
All blood-and-water in-and-out of us
Form signs we die & rise--they hint of Whom we love;
We make from them a mint-new cosmos now
In place of merely ancient safety, clutched.
Belonging comes in Thomas’ touch of Jesus’ blood—
And wholeness’s peace, in much forgiveness;
The Spirit of our Body’s blood marks the gifts
We’re starting out to learn— to walk That Way.

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