Grief is the seed of singing…

JN992 Kingdom of God Like Mustart Seed

An acrylic painting on wood illustrating the bible verse in Mark 4 describing the kingdom of God like a mustard seed. Jesus is seated with a child under the yellow-leafed branches of a tree showing her a tiny mustard seed.

Citizen of Dark Times

by Kim Stafford


Agenda in a time of fear:

Be not afraid.

When things go wrong, do right.

Set out by the half-light of the seeker.

For the well-lit problem begins to heal.

Learn tropism toward the difficult.

We have not arrived to explain, but to sing.

Young idealism ripens into an ethical life.

 Prune back regret to let faith grow.

When you hit rock bottom, dig farther down. 

Grief is the seed of singing,

shame the seed of song.

Keep seeing what you are not saying.

Plunder your reticence.

Songbird guards a twig,

its only weapon a song.

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