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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

The Cost of Being a Butterfly

Poems From The Porch


Spinning a cocoon


No set amount of time


Some never begin


Safety denied


For most, the start is early


Four, 15, 23, 47, 59 . . .


years of construction


Just when you are so very comfortable


allowing the transformation of age


the shell breaks


in streams of light


that blind you


until you discover your wings


and fly towards the sun


Fragile


No more illusions of security


So


Very


Fragile

 

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+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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