only thing that's perfect in this worldThe only thing that’s perfect in this world 


The only thing that’s perfect in this world

Is love, shower your mercies down on us.


Only to the truly vulnerable

And sensitive one does the muse come.

Only to those of gentle heart, and they

Are one, does the god of love come.


Between the expectation and conclusion

Lies creation in all its manifold grace,

In all its unexpected conclusiveness,

For those sensitive enough to know.


In the desert wilderness of the soul

The law that’s written on our hearts is learnt,

That keeps our gaze fixed upon the light

Of grace, the muse of a creative life.


Everything is perfect to the heart

That loves, even sin, which is allowed

So that a greater good may come of it,

Repentance, and returning to the real.


The only thing that’s perfect in this world

Is love, shower your mercies down on us.


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