i sat in a pew

hearing the strain

of an ol’ time melody

singing “create in me

a clean heart, o-o-o

god” and i wondered

really? is it me?

does my heart need

cleaning?

each patch of

dust

grime

dirt

stain

does it need to be

erased?

forgotten?

removed?

maybe I will sing

a new melody

building on the old

wishing not for

a clean heart

but for a strong

heart

not for erasure

but for

expansion

not for the unsoiled

but for soil ground in

so deeply that it transforms

me to mud

to adama

giving rise to new

life.

…create in me a heart of mud, o-o-o God, and renew a right spirit within me…

mud maid
“Mud Maid” by Caroline
CC (BY-NC-SA)

Note: the name “Adam” in Hebrew scriptures is connected to the word adama which means earth or mud. So essentially, “Adam” is “mudman.” For more information on the Hebrew meaning of the word: go to aish.com

Shalom,

terri

– Rev. Terri Stewart

© 2015, poem and comment, Terri Stewart, All rights reserved; photograph as above

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