"Do not contempt misery and poverty, because they are the wings of the prayer. "
-Euagrius of Pontos, the mystic writer of the Philokalia.
Heffalump – the Holiest of the Holy, the Human FacedHeffalump by PrayerWings
-for the memory of Joseph ”John” Merrick,
the great poetical soul and lover of inner beauty
also known as ” The Elephant Man”
”You have more tumors on your face
than the God Almighty has fingers
in His hands sublime and beautiful.”
The blunt remark came from one
of the starers in the endless line.
In the meanwhile the ringmaster
wawed his hands intensily and shouted:
”Look! Look! Look and sense the horror!”
You felt the pain deep within,
but the steam of your tears did not dry out.
Maybe that time you whispered
- perhaps to your own ears only - ,
what is true to us all: One rises
to the Mountain of Smile
only through the Valley of Tears.
You knew by heart the most beautiful
word of English language: To Love.
Finally: When the pain stopped, there
was no even slightest bitterness within you.
I remember: Fingers of your left ha