How to Be in This World
Grow like the bent tree
that gladly redirects its arms
to accommodate wind and wire—
anything that stands in its way.
Fly like the torn flag
that is happy to let the breeze
tease it and display its charms,
faded though they may be.
Open like the lowly sponge
that does not guard its holes,
and let God soak through you. Then,
when you are squeezed, let God pour out.
For you are the permeable membrane
between heaven and earth. You are
the beacon and the guide post; your life,