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To repent is
in some small, frayed
way to unknit
the fabric in which
my portrait is woven in
such intricate and
fascinating, colourful
and false threads,
pulling on the lie,
knotted and crinkled,
winding it back into
a small, dyed ball,
a little planet ready
to be moulded into
something less
deceptively complete,
waiting with the patience
of yarn in a bowl
for the hook and the
needle, for the hands
of the Creator
to guide it into
the image of
something true

Rosalind C Hughes is Rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio, and author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing; and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence. Find a bonus blog poem on angelic appearances at


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John Campbell

Thank you for this – very thought provoking, and reassuring.

Adela Torchia

Great reflection and imagery – I recently restarted a project about three times – felt quite dumb in the process — but now you’ve shown us the value in that. Thanks.

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