Wash Me

Water flows fully, undisturbed stream,
clarity and I want it to fix me.
In the next room, meditating, breathing,
praying to some powerful entity,
requesting peace, begging for removal of pain,
feeling I could see the flow,
sensing it is so far away, knowing I can’t get there,
seeming silly, bitter I would not fit in the washer,
wondering why clothes can come clean,
and I stay so massively messy.


I put this one up for One Shot Wednesday. I love all of the things that happen over there. Take a peek at some of the good work. We are lucky to have a community like that.

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  1. #1 by cloakedmonk on February 28, 2011 - 7:51 am

    Maybe there is beauty in the messiness, the diversity. I am thinking of a messy child, finger painting. As a parent, there are two reactions…egad! I have to clean up. And…how wonderful! a beautiful new creation-something to work with. Lovely poignant reflection.

    • #2 by Carl on February 28, 2011 - 10:42 pm

      Thank you for your comment, and you are right that there is often wonderful beauty in the messiness.

  2. #3 by Life: Between the lines on February 28, 2011 - 8:39 am

    Dayum that was beautiful, the words, the imagery and powerful. They just touched my core, simply awesome Carl. You don’t stop to amaze me, beautiful, have a lovely day ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #4 by Carl on February 28, 2011 - 10:43 pm

      Thank you for your comment – You are so kind and your words mean a lot.

  3. #5 by Evelyn on February 28, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    “and I stay so massively messy”
    me too
    lets start a club…

    • #6 by Carl on February 28, 2011 - 10:52 pm

      pain is the only admission fee. There are no annual dues. At least there’s beauty in your messiness!

      • #7 by Evelyn on March 1, 2011 - 7:33 pm

        beauty in ALL messiness!

  4. #8 by Gerry/Strummed Words on March 2, 2011 - 6:00 am

    I like the idea of water cleansing emotions. Nice piece.

    • #9 by Carl on March 2, 2011 - 9:58 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Gerry.

  5. #10 by brian on March 2, 2011 - 8:43 am

    ha. i agree there is beauty in the mess…as a kid though i think i wanted to see if i could fit in the washer…and pain is indiscrim we all get it…i think we can all relate on that level…

    • #11 by Carl on March 2, 2011 - 10:00 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Brian.

  6. #12 by Eric on March 2, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    Only the blood of the lamb can wash away your sins, Carl.
    Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior?
    Would you please accept this pamphlet from our church?
    Would you like to come to our worship service this Sunday?
    Can we count on you to tithe ten percent of your earnings?
    Did you get your free “God is my co-pilot” bumper sticker?
    Are you tired of all these questions yet?

    • #13 by Carl on March 2, 2011 - 10:15 pm

      Eric, you wore me out!
      Perhaps you could help write today’s Supreme Court opinion? ๐Ÿ™‚
      10 percent of my earnings is pithy or pissy.
      I want the dog sticker.

  7. #14 by Steve Isaak on March 2, 2011 - 3:52 pm

    Solid, chatty work.

    • #15 by Carl on March 2, 2011 - 10:15 pm

      Steve, Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it.

  8. #16 by Claudia on March 3, 2011 - 9:16 am

    reminds me of that gospel song “oh happy day..when jesus washed…he washed our sins away..”

    • #17 by Carl on March 3, 2011 - 11:46 pm

      Yes, that is the kind of washing I’d like. Thanks for your comment!

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