O spirit of God’s eternal springtime heart,
grant me the virtue of elasticity.
Make my heart as boundless as my Beloved’s heart,
which at this moment is creating
new galaxies and infant suns.
Make me pliable and playful with your Spirit
as you teach me the alchemist’s recipe
of how to keep my heart’s skin
like baby’s skin, ever-expansive,
able to hold the wildest of wines.
Stir my mind well with your sacred spoon
to awaken the fermentation of ideas
stilled by the ten thousand little compromises
required of me by the stiffness
of the old leathered skins of society and religion.
Gift me with elastic frontiers of heart and mind,
so I can see before my eyes,
both in the heavens and on earth,
how old and ever-new are those partners
passionately dancing together
in the perpetual birthing of your universe.
From Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim by Ed Hays
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