• Rev. Ani

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Poems From The Porch






The way the warm sunlight shimmers on the dew-dappled grass


How the fuchsia crêpe myrtle blossoms glow neon when kissed by the dawn










The mystery of mushrooms springing up for a day like miniature skyscrapers in an ant city


How the eye language of my kitty companion communicates a depth of emotion


The sound of the rooster giving his morning summons to awaken


How the creamy richness of my morning java delights my taste buds


The exotic fragrance of the incense as it selflessly offers its charism in a sacrificial fire



How the wet grass yields like a slimy carpet beneath my feet when the ground is saturated


The way love feels on my lips when I receive my husband’s morning kiss


How there are so many angels all around me gifting their smiles and support,

kindness after kindness,

overwhelming and abundant,

the generosity of the One in the many.

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 · REFLECT · RESPOND · REST

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, Ani

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