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Heart of Gold

A poem for Mother Teresa

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July 11, 2018
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I wanted it gold, a form of stone
Shiny and rigid
 
But: hearts are bloodwarm
And can’t be relied upon
To never die
 
How many people, at the end
Would rather become a perfect icon
 
Instead of a bruised suitcase?

D. L. Mayfield
D. L. Mayfield likes to write about refugees, theology, and downward mobility, among other topics. Her book of essays, Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith, was recently released by HarperOne. She lives and writes in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two small children. You can find her writing on her website and on Twitter.

Cover image by Amisha Nakhwa.

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