The Humble Beads

The Humble Beads

Whispering lips
Wrinkled fingers
Roll the smooth beads
The moment when from him we came
Until to him we return
Not a leaf stirs
Without his knowledge
The power of one
He is great

Rhythm altered
Beads slide with purpose
Over the unifying thread
A time to count blessings
Pledge to share
The spirit of care
Praise be to him

Knees shift slightly
Hint of a lisp
Comforting beads
Precision of science
Breath of beauty
The perfect creation
Glory be to him

A gracious gift
The humble beads

(Thoughts about what lies beyond the monotony and repetition of the prayer beads – tasbeeh – rosary – mala)

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