Wednesday, September 7, 2005

VISIONS

In the wake of Katrina, I'm thinking of an eloquent local Cajun poet whom I heard at the SCUPE Congress on Urban Ministry in Chicago a few years ago. Wondering if--and praying and hoping--Carol Prejean Zippert survived the torrent and flooding. She touches the heart of the nature of vision in this poem:

Visions
are clear
even as they change
Visions
hold truth
even as we search
for understanding
Visions
grow in depth
even as we doubt our paths
Visions
persist in us
even as others
strike against our cause
Visions
are born
of our spiritual histories
even as we question our sufferings
Visions
are directed missions
we are gifted to fulfill
Visions
are clear
even as we change

from I Don't Want To Be Rich, Just Able, 1997, Black Belt Press, Montgomery, Alabama

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