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The Integration of Water

Poems From The Porch

It is only when the pine bark is soaked that the lichen glows sage, in contrast.

The world is wet and full today,

satiated with abundance,

and what will be offered in return for the generous self-giving of the rain?

It will take some time to integrate the gift,

as it does for all of us,

and it will not be water that is given back.

The reciprocal offering will be a transmutation of water into wine,

a rich, luscious beauty that blesses in unexpected ways.

My heart is an open vessel for this Living Water,

and I am drenched through and through.

The synthesis of this infusion

is what compels me to participate in Life’s glory in surprising ways

that only this liquid Love can inspire.


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



  • 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.

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