“The completely open heart is a heart of total embrace. It even embraces the reality of suffering. The completely open heart embraces life as it is, not what could or should be. When we are completely open to life as it is, it can break your heart, but it breaks it further open. It breaks it open beyond any resistance to the immensity of collective suffering. Then we are not overwhelmed by it. We lovingly respond to it in whatever way the heart moves.”
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Copyright Michelle Peterson © 2021