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The "letting go" Krista refers to in the last paragraph here nearly always seems such a challenge to us in our human condition That central dichotomy between both the reach/meanings and boundaries/limitations of our words seems to become a crux for each and every one of us at various stages in our lives amid this perplexing, immensely challenging, and ever-changing world.

Krista's comments bring to mind two oft-cited passages regarding the chorus and too often the chaos of words swirling within and around us in our day-to-day lives--William Carlos Williams' poetic assertion that "It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die every day / for lack / of what is found / there" and the poet Percy Shelley's prosaic assertion about poets as "the unacknowledged legislators of the world."

This isn't an argument that we all should take up poetry; no, rather that we do well to note how are lives are ALREADY deeply, inevitably enmeshed in/characterized by poetic how we each dredge, choose, deploy, even sometimes create, words to express, to mark, and to define our lives. If we will, we can create room to breathe, to renegotiate, and to broaden our horizons by recognizing this. "The world is made of stories, not of atoms" said the poet Muriel Rukeyser, and the recent SOF show with Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, beautifully, succinctly reiterated that generous and compassionate insight.

Krista's show--regarding faith and being in this world--is such an immense gift. I urge everyone to revisit, to re-read and really take to heart the final paragraph in the above essay she has written for us...truly, it seems, a gift of words, gentle, from the heart.