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Interlude

Within the fire

From the October 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Shadrach, 
Meshach, 
Abednego, 
“the form of the fourth,”1
and me, 
and you . . . 

here we stand
willing to know 
the gold
of our essential 
being

not
the vehicle
of a birth narrative, 
or the detritus
of human history
but
the simple truth
that 

am
because I reflect

I AM 
THAT I AM 

this is all that
is left 
when I allow 
myself to stand 
in the fire 
of God’s 
purifying love. 

God’s love 
does not leave me 
naked and exposed 
by truth, 
but unencumbered 
and revealed. 

All 
the tattered stories 
burned away, 
and no 
scorched flesh
no smell of smoke, 
no blurred 
visions
remain. 

I am clothed 
in light,
embodied song, 
like the form of 
the fourth, 
my footsteps 
free 
of selfish 
stories. 

Not to walk
or wander in personal 
circles, or historic cycles. 
But to dance
with innocent, 
childlike
joy.  
—Kate Mullane Robertson

1 Daniel 3:25.

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