Rosemary Anderson, Sedona massage therapist-1

Poem ‘The Weighing’

Rosemary Anderson, Sedona massage therapist-1

The hearts reasons seen clearly,

even the hardest will carry

its whip-marks and sadness

and must be forgiven.

As the drought-starved eland forgives

the drought-starved lion

who finally takes her,

enters willingly

then

the life she cannot refuse,

and is lion, is fed,

and does not remember the other.

So few grains of happiness

measured against all the dark

and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us

only the strength we have and we give it.

Then it asks more, and we give it.

Jane Hirshfield