on finding a fragment of a cross in Turkey

Show me wood
and I will say
there were 10,000 crosses

but my belief
is not bound up in trees

I am old as shale
layered under my feet
and young as air

what I know hums
in molecules I borrow
and give back

simple as breath.

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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58 Responses to on finding a fragment of a cross in Turkey

  1. Alice Keys says:

    Borrowed molecules are as simple as breath. I like the unity of being expressed in this poem. Very meditative. All one.

  2. Yes! Thank you Susan for saying this. So much controversy. How much does it really matter? The here and now is FAR more important.

    • Oh, I so agree. All that time and energy going into proving–what, exactly? That it is a piece of wood? There here and now encompasses the past and should not be limited to such narrow things. My faith can’t be put in a little box. Fairly certain no one’s can.

  3. nelle says:

    Yes… such unprovable artefacts are fun in the reading, for me from a historical perspective no matter the significance attached for spiritual reasons. Spirituality is not a product of the physical world, although as Native Americans liked to believe, the reverse has merit.

  4. claudia says:

    what I know hums within
    the molecules I borrow
    and give back

    simple as breath…that just sums it up perfectly..

  5. Good poetry is complex ideas expressed as simply as possible. This is good poetry.

  6. people have truly lost their flesh of love and forgiveness ~ leading lives of bone fragments How broken!

  7. Brilliant words, and to the point 🙂

  8. that 1st stanza, Susan. Wow

  9. Love love love this Susan as usual!

    Your poetry speaks like a sermon to me 🙂

  10. Mary says:

    If one thinks it is the wood from a cross, there is no one who can disprove it! Smiles.

  11. “…hums in molecules and gives back…” :: much to muse over in this piece, deceptively simple, so few words say much. ~peace, Jason

  12. brian miller says:

    nice…i like that what you know hums in molecules breathed in and breathed out…it accentuates a connection greater than symbolism to me….

  13. hypercryptical says:

    Perfection!
    Anna :o]

  14. Just beautifully written.

  15. scotthastiepoet says:

    Complex and deep, simple and lovely allat the same time – great poetry… With Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastie.com

  16. Oloriel says:

    This is amazing with the power and the message it conveys!

  17. LaTonya says:

    From structure, to images and message- stunning. I wish I could think of way to describe how I felt after reading this. What I want to convey is I admire and love your work.

  18. kelly says:

    I love this, perfect in its message and brevity. And a fabulous ending!

  19. Talicha J. says:

    Very nice! This poem had such an airy vibe to it if that makes sense. I enjoyed it!

  20. Gay says:

    Eloquent, elegant, inner truth – the exchange of you and the world around you – isn’t that what is most fundamental, isn’t that the basis of every faith? Always enlightened by your work, Susan.

  21. shanyns says:

    Well said. And I agree!

  22. Susan says:

    My brother fishes like that. What potential for all of us to breathe the same borrowed air.

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