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There was a man in the city
and everyone thought him just a little odd.
They'd pass him on his knees,
his arms outstretched
as if waiting for a consolation.
But on the edge of something new
he sensed that he had things to do,
and so lived a life of anticipation.
Here is the moment he's been waiting for
all of his life, rushing and wishing and racing towards
a graceful moment when he'd finally see
what faith becomes.
He saw them enter by the front door
and he didn't need any more proof that it was time
to take the child in his arms,
and looking up to heaven,
thanked his God for this chance.
He told the mother of the days that would come
and any other would have turned away to run.
But she kept in her heart
all the words that she'd heard
because she had hope and
all those good things in her Son.
So he was free to go,
to go in peace with what he'd seen there.
And with his last breath, he thought
how we were in the best of hands
and at that he smiled.


from The Luggage of an Optimist, released September 10, 2010



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Miriam Marston Portland, Oregon

I started composing when I was 10. I called one of my first songs "Nostalgia", although I can't recall what my ten year old self was so nostalgic about. Recorded my first album in 2000, and I waited only ten years to release a second. Things got busy, but I never stopped writing. Even if it meant composing on a mostly-broken piano in a cold basement of a university that I wasn't even enrolled in. ... more

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