Don't Count

Something infinite invented flowers
to remind you of the soft explosion
in your chest.
Reveal it through your face.
Take off the veil.
Why cover your lips, your eyes, your hair?
Inside the absence of noise
there is another silence,
more naked than your name,
the seed of light,
Christ resting in Mary,
the tremor of the poem before its word.
Why are there stars in the dark?
Because angels whirl and churn
the milk of emptiness
into the golden butter
of this body.
Why cover your lips, your eyes, your hair?
Take off the veil.
Don't count beads, dissolve them.
Don't count breaths, dissolve them.
Don't count the hours, the years,
the sins of the world -
Dissolve them in the beauty
I Am.

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