Wednesday Riff: Streetwise

I really love the way you’re rooted in reality,
Well acquainted with sweat and spit and stress,
Acquainted with fears and grief and frustration.
A human being, moved into our neighbourhood,
Dustily divine, a smiling, sassy, streetwise saviour,
For whom every day is a New Year,
Every moment a chance to sweep the house clean,
And dust off the past with a forgiving brush.
Every back street a redemption road with you,
Every dawn a clean, understanding canvass for daubing
Our muddy masterpieces and lopsided life stories.
With you every pitted place is splashed with holiness.
Our gritty, gutsy guide, with the ability to make clean and new
All that is labelled weak, objectionable, and disappointing.

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