God’s dearest work of art
we long have called the heart,
The depth within from which begin
the prayers that we impart.
A heart whose thoughts exceed
our reason and our need,
And open us to fuller life
beyond our wants and greed.
In manner bold or meek,
if from the heart we speak
We speak to God, we reach to God,
for God is whom we seek.
And when the heart lies bare,
no matter when or where,
Or how the words are first addressed,
our speaking is a prayer.
To so disclose the heart
is then the crucial part.
The very wish to speak like this
becomes the way to start.
And when, touched by love’s fire,
to love we then aspire,
We know all that we need to know:
the heart lives through desire.
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Copyright 2013 by William Flanders