Create in me a new heart, O God (Psalm 51:11a)

Wind trills taughtly-anchored telegraph wires.

A stave of birds compose an arpeggio, ready for flight.

Hedges shrug off the gusts and hold the line, but

Something is trying to stir my hibernation.

First, it must melt the ice from my arteries,

before I learn to love the dam,

set up a new rhythm:

Love’s invitation to dance.

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 , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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