The Richness of Life
Poems From The Porch
I finally spied the woodpecker, after many mornings hearing him drill for food.
The ginger and white kitten is wanting my attention just now, finding novel ways to engage.
I am drawn toward a simplicity of purpose, embracing what is offered here and now.
How different my environment would be without the dog intermittently barking and the rooster insistently crowing!
This melody line is peppered with tweets and birdsong of an endless variety.
A cool breeze is kissing my cheek as the sun invites me into the light.
The richness of this life is overwhelming, like amber honey’s sweet thickness.
Hold my extended hand, dear one, as we open our hearts to receive the fullness.
Let’s step into the warmth together.
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