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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

The Crucible

Poems From The Porch

The porch is the crucible for my alchemic transformation,

the place where my iron-clad persona meets the heat that facilitates my golden Self to emerge.

The porch is the monk’s cell where I encounter my tenacious façade,

the therapist’s office where my defense mechanisms are revealed.

The porch is the garden of Gethsemane where I wrestle with my pride,

allow it to be crucified,

and receive my resurrection.

The porch is mama daddy‘s lap where I weep my anguished tears,

relax as I am rocked,

and surrender to consolation.

The porch is where I am now,

breeze caressing my skin,

content and grateful,

nestled in the bosom of Love.


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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