For all the things that make up a life,
that run a universe or that collide in hearts or stars,
in the unbearable witness of great human suffering,
or in the joy of unexpected offering,
the mercy that comes from a stranger or friend,
on this the whole world spins.
In birth and death, when something dies to allow something in,
in all the living stretched between,
in gratitude or grief
that in a moment can metamorphose from one to the other
and back again,
in a heap of tears falling to the ground,
in the bitter-sweetness of most everything,
in the simple pleasure of being here
a broken hallelujah all.
In clarity or confusion, this one thing I know,
that without brokenness,
there could never be a true hallelujah at all.
© 2016 Shoshana Wolfington