You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him,

for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

-Exodus 22:21


I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

-Matthew 16:18

For the New Year

“For the New Year, 1981”

I have a small grain of hope— one small crystal that gleams clear colors out of transparency.

I need more.

I break off a fragment to send you.

Please take
this grain of a grain of hope so that mine won’t shrink.

Please share your fragment so that yours will grow.

Only so, by division, will hope increase,

like a clump of irises, which will cease to flower unless you distribute
the clustered roots, unlikely source—
clumsy and earth-covered—

of grace.


-Denise Levertow