allow yourself to be awakened (audio 3:04)

“A Recumbent Girl”, Antonio Paoletti, XIXth-XXth Century

To those who are lost,
Allow yourself to be found!
The map lay in your hand for eons
Your compass handily within reach –
And the wind blows gently at your back.

To those for whom the fog seems never to lift,
Allow yourself to be lifted!
Your inner strength spills over the causeway
Your deepest reserves scarce explored —
Hope attends you in grand measure
and will not turn away.

To those who feel afraid,
Courage seeks your outstretched hand!
To those who have hidden your greatest gifts
beneath the banyan tree
Fall to your knees and dig!
Creation aches to shower you with bejeweled goodness
If you would but open your eyes and see.

To those alone,
Know that lovers are looking for you
To the disenfranchised,
Freedom taps at your window
And justice now fervently calls your name!

Perhaps it is time to answer.

To those harassed relentlessly by the darkness,
Rise up and rebuke all that aims to lead you
away from your Creator!
Mercy still holds your heart in safekeeping
Joy endures, a patient and steady companion
Not one shard of the light has forsaken you.

To those asleep and benumbed,
Blink once, now twice!
To those held in abeyance, enchantment,
Allow yourself to be awakened
with a strong and gentle kiss —
You may find a world safer than you imagine
And a You more brilliant than you ever have known.

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