consider the paradoxes – a poem by Sister Lou Ella Hickman

consider the paradoxes
 
like lilies of the field
salt that flavors
and seed that grows
were the good news of His kingdom
now consider some of the parables of an earthy realm:
mercury
the metal that pours
or perhaps
the iceberg     the mountain that floats
then there is water
shapeshifter into liquid, solid or gas                               
finally                           
consider ourselves 
the smallest of parables
yet clothed, seasoned 
and growing into thirty, sixty, or a hundredfold 

Sister Lou Ella Hickman’s poems and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and journals as well as four anthologies. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017 and in 2020. Her first book of poetry entitled she: robed and wordless was published in 2015. (Press 53)

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