The Marriage Bed
Updated: Aug 20
Poems From The Porch
Dana Manly Art LLC www.danamanly.com | instagram.com/@danamanlyart/
Do not let your intellect rob you of communion with the Beloved here and now.
You are only denying yourself the intimate delicacies of knowing that you are desired and supported, a cherished part of the Great We.
What love notes have you left unacknowledged and unopened because of your unwarranted shame?
What invitations have you neglected to accept due to your unnecessary fear?
Open your tight grip on the reins, and relax into the ride of your life.
The secret smile that plays on the lips of those who have felt the kiss of the Beloved can also adorn your face.
You do not have to acquire some necessary skill or unique proficiency.
Yours is only to let go of your staunch resistance, and inherent faith will emerge.
Do you not know that you were born to make love with the One who longs for you eternally?
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 · 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.
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