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Already the mind

has put on its tool belt

grabbed its manuals,

consulted its experts

and rolled up its sleeves,

but the heart just wants

to know itself,

pours a cup of Sumatra,

sets out another cup,

and waits to see

who will arrive.

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As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
—The Wizard to the Tin Man, The Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum

Give me a heart that breaks
when I see how cruel the world can be
and hands that extend toward others.
Give me eyes that weep when I feel
the beauty of home, and
lips to speak love, to apologize.
Give me courage to say what must be said
and ears to hear what I’d rather not hear
and eyes that will not turn the other way
from anyone in need.
And give me a brain that is wired
for helpfulness and compassion
and generosity. And give me
a heart that breaks, and grows
bigger in the breaking.

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the wind blows
both ways at once
my thoughts, too


fingers covered
in syrup my daughter reaches
to hug me


me and the falling snow
both of us
shadowless today


crow in the empty
tree, it did not sing to me
like a crow


in evergreens
drifting snow and how can it be?
scent of lilac


rushing to dance
with the moon, I tripped
on my own wanting


January and I
recall over tea we forgot
to make resolutions

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