Holding tightly
to the image

things are symbols
of themselves

and rightly so
when the metaphor

is concretized
such that you cannot

breathe so much
as a whisper

without regarding
it as sin

we all fall short
of the glory of God

we create

that which on earth
is not in heaven

because heaven
turns out to be

not just beyond
the clouds

but rather
in the heart

of the words
which can never

be heard exactly
the same way

or even twice
always and only

broken and blessed
in their brokenness