National Poetry Day: One's own story by President Michael D. Higgins

One's own story

Our own story must always be lonely, 
and when we pray from fear,
it must be a mumble,
out of some terror,
a cry of the wounded,
without much hope of healing.

But if the truth be told,
our own story
brightens in the light of other stories,
older stories that glimmer,
lost in a long tail of time.

We need these scraps 
made luminous
to relieve the darkness
of our fall
from the imagines divine
towards that space
where the occassional sparkle 
of the human
remains a prospect,
in the still space
of our loneliness,
as we pray
for the gift of love.

Michael D. Higgins

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