Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Just Now and Then

We need to hold each other
in silence now and then;
language can be misleading
and two-edged words cause wounds
even though used in jesting,
jousting thrust and parry.

But I would wrap you round
with tenderness,
lay aside swords and arrows,
raise the visor, drop the shield,
hold and be held and let
the gift and need of love
encircle us in silence –

now and then.

Helene McLeod

– From Courage to Love: Liturgies for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community by Geoffrey Duncan (ed.), Pilgrim Press, 2002.

Image: “Tony and Clint, Together as One” by Dylan Rosser.

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Lover Of Us All
Grounded Angel
And Love is Lord of All
Making Love, Giving Life
In the Footsteps of Spring: Introduction
In the Footsteps of Spring: Part 1 - The Light Within
In the Footsteps of Spring: Part 2 - Shards of Summer
In the Footsteps of Spring: Part 3 - Intimate Soliloquies
The Many Manifestations of God’s Loving Embrace
Song of Songs: The Bible’s Gay Love Poem
The Non-Negotiables of Human Sex
Relationship: The Crucial Factor in Sexual Morality
Compassion, Christian Community, and Homosexuality

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