faith is everything (audio poetry)

“Into Earth” by UK Fine Art Photographer Maria Silmon

When all you’ve got is faith,
Faith is everything

It fills the gnawing in your belly
The aching of your heart,
Melts the lingering cold that threatens
to freeze your every expression

Faith tiptoes in and curls up in pockets
of reverberating emptiness
Inhabiting the spaces where fear and desperation
choose to dwell
She gently unlocks the gates you created
to resist Faith’s entry
Spreads without notice into tiny crevices and
gaping canyons and icy pools
Offering you a toehold on slick-walled mountains
you once deemed unassailable

When everything else is gone
When your hunger for this and that and so much more,
consumes your every sleeping and waking moment,
When every map has been burned and every key
rusted beyond recognition
Faith becomes everything

In these loud and raucous times when all that you have
counted upon evaporates before your very eyes,
When the bleak appears to overshadow the radiant
and the dark supposedly is overtaking the light
When every single sacred thread you attempt to grasp,
In some undefinable moment, slips through your
calloused fingers and  leaves you seemingly orphaned
in the midst of immeasurable plenty,
When you are spinning with no innate sense of true north
Feeling lost, disheartened

Faith waits for you to welcome her in, to lean into her sturdy frame
She waits for you to drop your illusion of control
And to quell once and for all your mind’s insistence
that the past and the future continue to dominate
the omnipresent now

When you loosen your grip on an intellectual version of Faith
that has perhaps been shoved down your throat against your will,
When you venture into a universe where Faith holds court
and holds sway over All There Is,
When you invite Faith to sit down by the fire and rock you in her arms,
And you embody Faith as an integral ingredient of your highest being,
Faith brings you a reservoir of peace and a wellspring of courage
you never imagined you could attain.

When all you have is Faith,
You have everything.

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