Poems From The Porch
The masterpieces of tiny spiders adorn the field, revealed in their glory by the morning sun.
All was cloaked in a delicate mist when first I sat to drink in the day.
Now the air is clear and vibrant with light.
Two roosters are earnestly vying for regard, offering their summons into the quiet void.
We all want attention at times, feel the need to be seen and heard, yet we often fail to attend to ourselves.
Would that we would gently soothe the parts of us that are hurting, give ourselves the space to be alone with our own thoughts, and honor our emotions as sacred signposts pointing the way to that which needs our grace and understanding!
What will it take, dear one, for you to love yourself?
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.
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