Lone coyote whispers through the shallow grasses that bind the ridge above to the creek below. The moon throws off the last of its refractions from the deep end of the indigo sky. This morning he knows without using words he is lost in the abundant daily question of life or death? He has no […]
Autumn is of letting go, returning to the ground in slow surrender. We rise, then fall, once green, now crimson, pouring out to earth like the blood of the covenant. We wonder most in autumn if there is something beyond everything. Hold on as long as strength allows to flare into the charis wheel of burning […]
The wildflowers are striving into October as sunlight conspires with the hidden in dark places. Those un-wild, once potted, are drying atop the compost pile. I was out walking in the immediate and peculiar. I sensed within me a labyrinth unraveling, loosened out into a vast realm of the new earth. I said to the […]
Be out of words. Be through with the platitudes of polite society. Be in need of something holy. Return to a gathering place alone and fallow. Stand where contours of earth are traced by wind and light. Let the fire of hunger throw its fury into shadows while hands prepare a lavish meal in silence. […]
“In the respects in which the soul is unlike God, it is also unlike itself.” St. Bernard You were born a poet, slow to affiliations otherwise. You do not belong but to elements and instincts, just the basics, in a place, embodied, of a home and a small handful of people. You were familied, churched, […]
Walk out into the first world, exhale into the sphere that reckoned this random scattering of tall grass into the field. Be received. Hail the wild geese and wish the ducklings well. It is morning and the fitful dreams are rinsing out into the one reality within the seen things.
“Faith itself sometimes needs to be stripped of its social and historical encrustrations and returned to its first, churchless incarnation in the human heart.” Christian Wiman This day is for the breathing in and breathing out of solemn thoughts and steady prayer. This day is for the walking long and quiet on the trail […]