On Water, Wine, Faith and Hope

 With the parable of the Wedding Feast at Cana coming up this Sunday, these three poems are pretty neat ways of expressing the polar opposites of faith and hope. 

Expect Nothing

Expect nothing.
Live frugally
On surprise.
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.
Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.
Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. 
Live frugally
On surprise.

Alice Walker.

 Charcoal image of wedding feast at Cana
by Jan Richardson

and finally I love this one by Rumi...
Bring wine, my thirst is desperate, 
God has taken hold of me, 
he is holding me so close.

For love, for the essence of love, 
bring wine that is the envy of the sun.
All that I know or care about is love.

Bring that whose name my mouth cannot say, 
that which breaks the boundaries of speech;
Bring that which gets us out of this ‘bring’ and ‘don’t bring’
Quickly, please, and don’t say "where shall I find it ?"
Just bring wine.

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