In the Palm of my Heart

With this first fall of
Snow, I felt You
In the spaces
Between these feathery
Fingered flakes:
No two alike
Each sketching another

Contour of you;

Each etching You into

Me, melting

In the palm of my heart.

You are Between.
You are Before and Behind.
You are Below and Above.
And when the cold comes
I cannot but be – by
Grace – as crystal,
As liquid iced
Like lace.

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8 thoughts on “In the Palm of my Heart

  1. diannegray says:

    This is beautiful Allen xxx

  2. Mary Irene says:

    Riveting, beautiful…..I am lost for words, thank you for the gift of your words, Allen

  3. shoreacres says:

    Yes, beautiful. “The palm of my heart” is perfect — one of the best metaphors I’ve seen in some time.

    I also enjoyed the hints and whispers of St. Patrick’s Breastplate:

    “Christ be with me, Christ within me,
    Christ behind me, Christ before me,
    Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
    Christ to comfort and restore me.
    Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
    Christ in hearts of all that love me,
    Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”

    • agjorgenson says:

      Thanks. I have always loved that piece. There was a pastor in town who had found, or developed a benediction akin to it, and I always found it so very moving when I was at service with her.

  4. LC Mueller says:

    You are a wordsmith extraordinaire, Allen!

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