What Is Life

What Is Life

- by Lucy Hinton, 2007

What is freedom

if not the opportunity

to carry the most precious burden

of belonging

What is love

if not the chance

to surrender

open and naked

to my beloved

What is hope

if not the crack

through which light

thaws frozen flesh

returning life-blood

and the pain

of caring

And what is life

if not a grand explosion of passionate wonder

with tears and soil and stars and great winds

to weave us all together?