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By Kathleen Orange

This original poem is part of the Pilgrim Stories initiative and a project of the Ignatian Year

If your heart sings, what
Is its tune?
Does it seek the deep sea
Spring green trees
A volcano?
Small girls in pink dresses
Skipping over a lawn?

Or does it sing itself
The sure life in all its bumps and victories
Gladness to see the day and
Other faces
A tune of touch, holding, taking
Every loss and slap
Every care and love
Each morning and night
Until God rests his song in you.

Kathleen Orange is recently retired from teaching political science at Spring Hill College, where for many years she also developed and coordinated the community service and service learning programs of the college’s Foley Community Service Center.