“Like a silkworm weaving her house with love from
her marrow, and dying in her body’s threads winding
tight, round and round, I burn desiring what the heart
desires. Cut through, O Lord, my heart’s greed, and
show me your way out, O Lord white as jasmine”
As I read and re-read these words I felt the message of change of heart. I think of addiction and the 12 steps. This poem perfectly describes the process of acknowledgment, realizing self-will, the fight with the natural man, and surrendering to God. The idea that you must die to be reborn, and the process of getting rid of self will and ego and truly surrender. “I burn desiring what the heart desires” sounds like the strife from the natural man. Flesh versus the spirit. Then the surrender, “cut through, o Lord, my hearts greed and show me your way out”. Show me YOUR way out. not mine. Acceptance of thy will.