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Scenes From A Forest

Poems From The Porch

I had coffee with a red-winged blackbird this morning.

Other wonders there were to behold.

Forest painted green in emerald, sage, and kelly

Glassy surface of slow moving water

Rings spreading to infinity

Leap frog playing its aquatic game

Water turtle peeking up to check out the scene

Baby gator hardly moving, head like a floating wood chunk with eyes

Snapping turtle lumbering along

Dragonflies mating in the air

Redheaded woodpecker trying his luck

A party of seven gray squirrels foraging together

The lone black squirrel, so close and yet so far

White cotton ball clouds pasted on a pastel sky

Ducks diving and fish jumping

Heron flying low over the water like a gliding mirror

I’m pondering my role and what I might contribute.

It seems such a human consideration.

So maybe I’ll just sit here awhile.


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, Ani


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