Instructions, A Poem By Sheri Hostetler

There’s something very beautiful to me in this photo filled with Lambs Ear blossoms. They stand so fully themselves in my back garden, treating the eye to loads of pink and purple, and treating the fingers to leaves like, well, soft lamb ears.

There’s something beautiful in this poem that I’ve been referencing lately. It’s by Sheri Hostetler, an American poet and pastor in the Mennonite tradition. Something about standing so fully and so simply.


by Sheri Hostetler

Give up the world; give up self; finally, give up God.
Find god in rhododendrons and rocks,
passers-by, your cat.
Pare your beliefs, your absolutes.
Make it simple; make it clean.
No carry-on luggage allowed.
Examine all you have
with a loving and critical eye, then
throw away some more.
Repeat. Repeat.
Keep this and only this:
what your heart beats loudly for
what feels heavy and full in your gut.
There will only be one or two
things you will keep,
and they will fit lightly
in your pocket.

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