To Speak – a poem by Lory Widmer Hess

To speak

To speak
to separate.

One word cannot be another –
A stone is not a tree.
Love is different from pain.
I am just I, and nothing else.

And yet this is a lie, because
all things are one; love turns to pain,
makes hardened hearts break into leaf,
form seeds that fall to earth as stones
and burst with love. I am this tree.

How can my words come back to truth?

Keep open eyes, and never say
“That cannot be.”

It can, it can.

Lory Widmer Hess is an American currently living with her family in Switzerland. She works with adults with developmental disabilities and is in training as spiritual director. Her writing has been published in ParabolaRed Letter ChristiansKosmos QuarterlyRuminate: The WakingChristian Community Perspectives, and other print and online publications. She blogs at

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