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An Invitation To Notice

Poems From The Porch

The Tulip Inn, Houston, Texas

Crisp, blue void expanding above

Magnolia tree companion sporting velvet under-leaves

Friendly neighbors offering good-natured smiles

Cinnamon hazelnut java heating the white ceramic cup

Sun shining warm love in abundance

Bobwhite quail calling, “toot sweet”

The screech of the bluejay following shortly

Rust-colored leaves hanging onto bare trees for dear life

Winter freshness enfolding everyone briskly

Tulip cut-outs adorning the porch rail posts

It took intention, sustained effort, and an eye toward generativity to carve those tulips;

and love,

a happy, playful love.

Now I see!

Someone is sending me love from all those many years ago.

You did this for me

and all who would notice the gift and unwrap it.

Thank you, dear carpenter, thank you.


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 truths to 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,


PS I highly recommend The Tulip Inn Airbnb if you need a place to stay in Houston! Great location and charming accommodations!

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