Seldom Simple

Is it true? That the only
happy men are wounded men?
This thought rose while multi-tasking
(scrambling eggs for my daughter
and listening to Roger Whittaker).
Yes. I believe that is true. But while
tempting to qualify the wounds –
as in only those received in love’s service –
such poetic filters can be thorny
for love is seldom simple.
There is more to breakfast than breakfast.
Likewise for our last farewells.

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  1. Beth Impson on April 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    The last line — I felt like my heart stopped. Still trying to understand my response — maybe even have a response — to the death of a family member with whom I had a very troubled love/rage relationship to. “Seldom simple” indeed. Thanks for this.

  2. mike graves on April 23, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    far away from your land of endless sunshine,to my land full of rainy skies and gales

  3. Rebekah on April 23, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I read the last four lines and can’t help but think, ‘What experience of this wounded and happy man inspired those words?”

  4. Lynn on April 23, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    The world according to John
    got me to a Lutheran church because your thoughts are startlingly visceral to my spirit
    Just wanted to tell you so.

  5. jodyo70 on April 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    “love is seldom simple.” So well said. (and the banner of horses? wow.)

  6. Ann Voskamp@Holy Experience on April 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Roger Whittaker.
    And all of the sudden I’m back in a farm kitchen, standing by the fire, and my father is standing there by the sink in his old Levi’s humming along.
    And love is seldom simple.

    Thank you, John.

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