Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky
Poetry, Gardening, Birding, and other reflections on life.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
What if God breaks my heart again?
painting: Christian Schloe
I just read this poem by Sandra Cisneros on another poetry site, and it blew me away!
God Breaks the Heart Again and Again Until It Stays Open
after a quote from Sufi Inayat Khan
But what if my heart is a 7-Eleven after
its third daytime robbery in a week?
What if my heart is a piñata trashed to
tissue and peppermint shrapnel?
What if my heart is a peeled mango bearing
an emerald housefly?
What if my heart is an air conditioner
weeping a rosary of rusty tears?
What if my heart is Sebastião Salgado’s
sinkhole swallowing another child?
What if my heart is Death Valley in
What if my heart is a
chanting, Build the wall?
What if my heart is the creepy uncle’s
What if my heart is a Pentecostal babbling
a river of tongues?
What if my heart is the cross-eyed Jesus
bought at the Poteet flea market?
What if my heart is El Paso, Texas, in bed
with the corpse of Ciudad Juárez?
What if my heart is unhinged from the
weight of its lice-ridden wings?
What then for an encore, oh my soul, when
you have blessed me a
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