When the Heart – From New Zealand with Love – Vimeo: Telling Lives

Mar 18, 2019 | Articles, Inspiration and Reconnection, Poetry of Predicament Podcast, Resilience

A simple, beautiful and profound message of our essential unity in humanity… our deepest drive, to love.

(Original Vimeo link)


When the heart
Is cut or cracked or broken,
Do not clutch it;
Let the wound lie open.
Let the wind
From the good old sea blow in
To bathe the wound with salt,
And let it sting.
Let a stray dog lick it,
Let a bird lean in the hole and sing
A simple song like a tiny bell,
And let it ring.
Let it go. Let it out.
Let it free and it can be
A path on which to travel.

Australian cartoonist and poet Michael Leunig is thinking
of Christchurch and this poem is shared with his blessing.