L is for learning, L is for Lent

This year I do not so much
give up my temptations as
face the temptation to give up.

Perhaps it was so for the forty desert days
when stone may have seemed
a fair alternative to bread.

Yet stones, when given the chance,
can become a chorus of praise.
So this year I teach stone:

the stone of a heart that says,
“Don’t move me. I’m basking in the sun”;
the stone of fists refusing to open;

the stone of expectation:
“Here I dwell; here I remain”;
the stone that says, “Do not carve your laws in me.”

Can I give up stone?
Better, give up being stone?
Or in surrender change stone into flesh?

I learn again my ABCs.
In the desert, again, I learn to walk;
and then I learn to kneel.

Published by Matthew Pullar

Teacher, writer, blogger, husband, father, Christian. Living in Wyndham in Melbourne's west, on the land of the Kulin Nation. Searching for words to console and feed hearts and souls.

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