moulded bit by bit

may God give grace
to see the greatest pressures
not as a yoke to be shaken off,
but as boiling water is to
dried rosebuds,
letting the fragrance of the sweet rose
to once again spread forth
and give taste to the tasteless water –

It is good for a man
that he bear the yoke in his youth.

(Lamentations 3:27)

He putteth his mouth in the dust;
if so be there may be

(Lamentations 3:29)

to bear,
never throwing it off though
it means the loss of life,

to wait patiently and hope –
though he slay me,
yet will I trust in him.

(Job 13:15)

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