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By the Love of the One

Poems From The Porch

Little flying bugs are jumping on a trampoline in the sky. Up and down, up-and-down.

It is almost as if an invisible puppeteer is maneuvering them in their aerial dance.

They are not being propelled by the wind

nor carried on the fragrance of the confederate jasmine,

which is blooming so profusely.

The trampoline on which I jump

is also obscured from everyday vision,

but its presence is felt

when I bounce from emotion to emotion.

Sometimes I wish I would just land on the soft, green grass and rest a while.

But I suppose that we are all objects in perpetual motion,

interdependent and sustained

by the the love of the One.


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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