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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

The Artist

Poems From The Porch

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The artist sees the beauty

and caresses it with her pen,

lovingly offering a window to the world

so that others may be seduced

into the warm embrace.

Drawing the curtains back,

opening the blinds,

airing out the sheets,

sharing the cozy aromas of what she notices effortlessly,

intuitively introducing what can be habitually missed

by one whose eyes are shut tight

against the everyday pain

of life.


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,


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