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Judy Clement Wall

Judy Clement Wall’s short stories and essays have been published in numerous literary print journals and on some very cool websites like The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, Lifebyme, Smith Magazine, Used Furniture Review and Beyond The Margins. She writes about living creatively and finding north at ZebraSounds.net. She writes about love at AHumanThing.net.


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My religion

 

My religion
doesn’t involve a church or a minister or a pulpit;
it’s practiced under a roof of sky,
whispered by the wind,
preached by birds and crickets and rivers and toads.


My religion
isn’t written in scripture;
it’s written in the hearts of lovers
and parents
and artists
and everyone who,
broken from the weight of too many endings,
gets back up to love again.


My religion
lies at the point of contact,
where feet meet earth,
where inhale meets exhale,
where your infinitely breakable heart meets mine.


My religion
isn’t big on words like sin and wrong and perfect;
it’s big on honesty, vulnerability, messiness… awe.
The followers of my religion
are badass, open-hearted, hippie warriors of love,
who know that you don’t dance to get somewhere
or sing to reach the end of the song.


We sing and dance to reach what is
divine in all of us.


In love,
we are each other’s salvation.

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Of Mere Being
We live in a paradise
The poetry is already here
Most never see it,-leave
And barely know the place.

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I still love this definition of religion every single time I read the poem! It’s definitely what my religion also looks like.

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This is beyond gorgeous! Brings tears to my eyes. This is the true meaning of religion. Let’s continue to live it.

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“broken from the weight of too many endings,
gets back up to love again.”

“My Religion” is divine!

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What an awesome poem! I am in love with this line:
“My religion
isn’t big on words like sin and wrong and perfect;
it’s big on honesty, vulnerability, messiness… awe.”

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gorgeous thank you xe

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I want to post this on my wall somewhere. This is very awesome :)

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May we laugh and dance with irreverent reverence! Thank you!

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I love your poem – and your religion (which is happily very similar to mine), too.

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Beautiful. Absolutely inspired from within. (And from the beauty of this world.)

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