In hebrew ruach can mean wind or breathe or spirit. It makes for fun theological discussions when you look at the Hebrew text. But you need to know that for the title of this post to make sense.

Today I was remembering how,
when I was little enough for fanciful thoughts
and old enough to walk home by myself,
on windy days I would pause
by a field, spread out my coat,
and pretend that the wind could carry me.
I knew it couldn’t, that all I would feel was
the wind’s tendrils trying to wrap around me,
it’s colder fingers numbing my ears and nose,
and it’s stronger gusts occasionally making me take a step.
I remembered because I was thinking about God

written 1-11-09

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