Bitter

Stone on my tongue
cold and bitter
grit rasps my teeth
sets them on edge
sharp and dangerous;
my heart is in my mouth.

Take this heart of stone
the bitter grit;
feed me sweet flesh
feed me sweet honeyed
words of kindness.

Soothe my sour tongue.
Let me speak love.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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