Strong In The Broken Places

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Passion’s Yield

The tears will keep the
Flame in check,
The flame that’s killing-
My heart throbs white-
Hot, molten
Streams of
Pain from
Love beat down.

The tears will keep the
Flame in check,
The flame that’s killing
Me. But,
Dying is the only
Way to keep my
Heart unbound.

The tears will keep the
Flame in check,
Till death from
Reveals that
Love is
Truth and only
Pain from
Love can set me

The tears will keep the
Flame in check,
Will feed its lonely
Heat till
Love can do its
Mystic work and make a
Blind man

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Not only a crusader for the addicted and the homeless, but also an alcoholic who presided over the church where Alcoholics Anonymous was founded, George Everett Ross was both revered for his good works and reviled for his personal failings.”

from the book, Strong in the Broken Places

~ ~ ~

“If others hurl their darts against you, offer them milk and honey in return; if they poison your lives, sweeten their souls; if they injure you, teach them how to be comforted; if they inflict a wound upon you, be a balm to their sores; if they sting you, hold to their lips a refreshing cup.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 24


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One thought on “Strong In The Broken Places

  1. Alexander: That is a very moving piece. The pain is palpable there, and the hope that the strength will hold.

    You ask am I a writer… Yes, I write. I’ve had a collection of poems published, and a few in some Irish journals. I write “bits and pieces”, journaling, starts to stories, ideas. I’ve found that some things that started for my blog have taken on a life of their own in my writing.

    Blessings to you

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