Wednesday, September 5, 2012

{Imperfect Prose} The shimmering

It has been a very dry season and I was beginning to stumble around, drunk on dust and the droning of locusts. Living in the middle of a drought causes your very edges to shrink in upon themselves and you become smaller, in spite of yourself. There is a brittleness to your frame that cowers in the presence of deep shadows.  Everything becomes too heavy.

And then one day, someone else's storm birthed my salvation.  The irony was not lost on this soul who craves justice and mercy.  From death comes life.  Always.

The leaden sky swelled with promise and then began to leak through all the holes I had poked in its crackling and leathered veneer...holes made by my pointed prayers and broken hallelujahs.  

And as the rain fell, I saw that it fell on the dying and the living with equal measure because surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

The rain fell, hour upon hour upon hour and we all bowed low from the weight of glory falling all around us.

These bodies had curled in upon themselves, parched and done with the business of living and, in a singular moment, it was as if that was the miracle...that in the giving of our very lives we had become the perfect vessel for receiving this living water.  Cupped corpses had become holy altars.

And in the quiet of the woods, stretched between limbs that reached for one another, were invisible strands.  Spun in the hushed nights and hidden in the folds of darkness.   The silent work that goes unheralded.  

It was the rain that revealed their magic.  

As the heavy sky dripped sloppy on the world, one by one, the fat drops were strung on strings. 

And suddenly the world was wrapped in gowns of gossamer and there was a shimmering.  


  1. this is breathtakingly beautiful
    ....takes it away
    and then gives it back again
    full and slow and deep:)
    thanks for this
    peaceful share,

    1. Jennifer,
      Thank you for your kind words...this piece wrote itself over a long, wet weekend...

  2. Holly, I really don't have words for the beauty of this. That you can write like this? Well, I'm a changed person just for the reading. I want to be like you when I grow up--really. This undoes me: "The leaden sky swelled with promise and then began to leak through all the holes I had poked in its crackling and leathered veneer...holes made by my pointed prayers and broken hallelujahs."

    1. Oh my Nacole,
      Your words wrapped me in love, friend. Please come by again. I am made stronger by your presence.
      Grace and peace

  3. breathless - - i wanted to highlight my favorite part...but then, I'd be copying your entire post in my comments. :) so much beauty here. so. much.

    1. Tara,
      Thank you for your loving words. I am so glad that you peeked into this corner of the internet.

  4. Just lovely in every way :) I enjoy the poetry in your words.

    1. Lori,
      Thank you so very much. I appreciate your sharing here.

  5. And this message, "And then one day, someone else's storm birthed my salvation. " Isn't that really the message that saves us all.

    Beautiful again, my friend.

    1. Eyvonne,
      So thankful to have you here, as always, friend. You are such an encourager. And yes, it IS the message that saves us all.

  6. Holy mother of all things gorgeous - this takes the cake. Thank you, thank you. It's dripping a bit here today - totally unexpected and so very welcome in the hot, dry minutes of September in southern CA. LOVED this. Thanks, Holly.

  7. You really need to check into Disqus commenting - it took me SIX count them SIX tries to decipher the dang secret code!!

  8. Oh, Holly. Please send me a book of your poetry, so I can frame it all over my house. This is a gift, and I'm so glad you're sharing it here.

  9. This was so good. So poetic and flowing. And the pictures helped. But I'm not ready for summer to be over. The leaves changing. It's as if we didn't have summer at all. But love reading your work. hugs cousin Holly.

  10. As you can see, Diana, I followed your suggestion. I think all of the quirks are worked out now. Hopefully.

  11. Annie, you are too kind...I'll have to get back to you on that book thing...
    I'm so glad that YOU are here.

  12. Diana, it's amazing how rain can restore and resurrect, isn't it? Thank you for being here and loving me along the way.

  13. And as the rain fell, I saw that it fell on the dying and the living
    with equal measure because surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all
    the days of my life.

    sigh. as you know, i am in love with your writing. these lines slayed me. it's all about his goodness and mercy, in spite of everything. bless you girl.

  14. ps. and "gowns of gossamer"? wow. sharing.

  15. Man this is beautiful. Thanks so much for putting this imagery down on paper.

    Amanda over at

  16. oh this...
    the dying and living
    the rising from dust. I'm breathing in your words tonight

  17. How these words flow from you so naturally, I'll never know.
    Truly, Holly.
    Earth is crammed with heaven in this post.

  18. Oh Emily, the feeling is so very mutual, I hope that you know that. I love that you are here. Always.

  19. It's official, "gossamer" is one of my most favorite words.

  20. Amanda,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read. I covet your thoughts and comments, always.

  21. Erika,
    So glad that you were here. Please, let's keep the dialogue going, always.

  22. Thank you, Kelli. I so appreciate your presence here and your kind words.

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