Unsolvable Things Poem by Alla Bozarth

Unsolvable Things

If you feel your life
needs solving, try
three methods—
absolve all that is
unresolved in the past—
yourself and others—
dissolve all that is
absolved and its residue—
resolve anything that remains
conflicted or incomplete,
by what means occur to you
in dreams or while in
the shower or walking
in the rain.
If these do not work,
then live with the mystery
as originally planned.
There will surely be,
as surely as tomorrow,
a way through or around

Pray for protection, then,
from your own hesitation,
so that you do not miss
the moment of Grace
when it comes to you,
and pray also to be delivered
from your own aggression,
so that you do not kill
this fragile, vincible Grace
when it floats over to you
like a pearl on seafoam.

Then simply keep moving.
Stay alive by moving along
the rhythms of rest and
discovery, and be brave
in any event.
Every choice you make
holds its own secret
for redemption.

This poem is from the book Love's Alchemy by Alla Renée Bozarth,
copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Alla Bozarth

Alla Bozarth

Portland, Oregon

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