Writing over Anger with Love

This poem reflects something I need to give and receive in my life now…something I’ve lost beneath blinding rage. It isn’t pretty and I need to release it and grasp on tightly to the love of God.  The poem is a critique of church rules and right ways of doing things. However, the silly lies of anger are written on my walls.  I’ve been here before, recently even.  Something clicked tonight at church, and I breathed in the life-giving breath of God.  I hope love is written on my heart, and that this time it lasts—that God’s graffiti will paint over the anger permanently—I don’t want to sink back into that angry place.


God’s Graffiti

We’ve splashed our rules
all over the sanctuary walls…
so many rules we don’t have time
for dancing…
our graffiti
defiling the house of God.
God’s graffiti is different:
God writes LOVE
upon our hearts.
Some night, let’s sneak in the sanctuary
and paint over the rules
and write God’s graffiti
all over the walls…

— Ann Weems


2 thoughts on “Writing over Anger with Love

  1. “A many splendored thing”, the movie did say.
    More like splintered…be the churches of today.

    Like that rock, my heart is a well-worn cutout.
    Stormy weather only makes it go deeper,
    allowing it to hold more tears.

    Good morning! Uncle Tree
    (Freed from the rules of engagement)

  2. I found your site looking for Hafiz’s Poem about letting loneliness cut more deeply. It is good to find others in sync with the hindrances that I’ve come across on the path of spirit. We are doing fine.

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