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I’ll Meet You There

Molly Bolton

Molly Bolton is a writer, spiritual director, and teacher living in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. —Rumi

There is a person at the corner coffee shop
with purple eyeshadow and a mahogany beard,

with a crooked-teeth opened-mouth laugh,
who is so beautiful in their here-ness

—I mean, as natural as a mushroom on log after
rain—that they planted me

square in the present moment. There is a person
at the afternoon street festival

with flowing sleeves and worn-in boots,
with eyes closed, face tipped up to the day,

who moves their body so freely
—I mean, stream into river, wind into oak leaves—

they shook loose a door in me
I didn’t even know was stuck.

Can you dream it?
The field beyond the field.

The space beyond the space.
Did not Jesus answer a question 

with another question?
We worship the Unfolding.

The Undoing. The Becoming.
We will no longer fall victim

to someone else’s narrow imagination.
We worship Expanse Beyond Expanse.

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