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The Freedom of Clear Seeing

Poems From The Porch

Ducks skimming in for a landing,

a turtle peeking up from beneath the surface of the water to greet the day, and

a delicious breeze waving the emerald marsh grass

are the brushstrokes painting the landscape of my morning.

A serene setting without

mirrors a peaceful state within.

The reflection is blurry when the lake is unsettled.

Clear seeing emerges when the water is calm.

Emotional reactivity muddies the view,

while quiet objectivity allows blind spots to be revealed.

Be still and know.

The truth will set you free

because clarity is liberating.


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,


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