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A Good Day To Smile

Poems From The Porch

Today is a good day

to smile at the grand expression

of extravagance abounding.

What do you notice?

What do you see?

Go out of your mind!

Yes, get, git, get out!

Drop into your heart right now

so that you can be enamored

with the ways that Life

is presenting Herself to you

in this moment,

fully expecting your appreciation

and enchantment.

Out of your mind right now – – go!

Feel into your body

and the miracle of fragrance

and vestibular vibrancy

that only fresh immediately


Don’t hesitate.

Do it now!

Otherwise you might miss

your whole life.

The movie and dialogue that

you replay in your head

are sad substitutes for living.

So beloved,

go out of your mind.


Engaging With The Poem

Poetry can be a doorway to the soul and your own creativity. Throughout the ages, the written word has been used as a means to access personal truth and as a vehicle for prayer through the practice of sacred reading (lectio divina). I encourage you to try this beautiful practice and let its fruits be self-evident.

How to Practice Sacred Reading


Read the passage through slowly more than once, noticing how it feels in your body and the response of your heart.

Reflect: What word resonates with you? What phrase speaks to you? What overall personal meaning comes to you? Allow yourself to follow a tangent.

Respond by making space for the prayer of your heart to manifest. Write down the words and/or phrases that resonate with you and allow them to arrange themselves into your own poem or prayer.

Rest with your eyes closed, perhaps using the word that most resonates with you as your mantra for silent meditation.  


Dear friend,

May your mind be peaceful and calm,

may your body be relaxed and comfortable,

and may your heart be filled with love.

Thank you for reading.

Blessings and gratitude,



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Nancy Bellamy
Jul 28, 2022

Get! Git! Get! Love this…how can I keep from singing? What beauty 😊

Rev. Ani
Rev. Ani
Jul 28, 2022
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Thank you, dear one! 🌝

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