The psalm is a salt shaker

Psalm

The psalm is a salt shaker.

Elevates our being,

the sorry comic farce of it,

Into praise of God.

The psalm is a salt shaker.

Spatters our bitter tears,

the aching of ceaseless mercy,

Into wrung-out song.

The psalm is a salt shaker,

Preserves our common dust,

the sooty flawed essence of it,

Into gritty verse.

The psalm is a salt shaker.

Emboldens our thirsting,

the dying of truly living,

Into surrender.

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