Poem by Jean Vanier

 A poem by Jean Vanier in Tears of Silence.

 

i fear
            the mysterious power of compassion
                   i
                   do not
                   believe in it
because that implies having found myself
                   that I no longer play
                        play a game
                        put on a mask – a personage
                        pretending to be
                        appearing
                   but that i become myself
                        accepting my poverty
                        letting the Spirit breathe
                                    move
                                    live
                                    love
                                                in me
opening my being
                           (no fear)
to the delicate touch
of His hand that opens me
                   but i fear
                        and wear my mask

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