Capacity for Solace
there is a nagging question
of whether the capacity for love
is limited, as a vessel, in a man’s soul?
Certainly, the quality of divine love
is different than man’s capacity or hope.
Can this vessel’s shape be changed or enlarged?
Is it formed of fine crystal or simple clay?
Does faith cause the vessel to grow
like a womb
and give birth to love?
Or does God’s love infuse the vessel
with a capacity for solace and passion
that enables man to love?
When the vessel seems limited, I think,
it may be filled with many stones
of grief and despair and bitterness.
We are captivated
by the beauty of these stones
that we polished so carefully
with best intentions.
How then do we give them away?
How do we fall out of love with
The idea of love’s gifts,
and learn instead to embrace
the purity of love’s power?
To grow or purify – a choice of will perhaps?