• Rev. Ani

The Sweetness of Green

Updated: Jul 27

Poems From The Porch



Lying in the summer grass

counting the blades

an infinite forest for subterranean life

whose vastness exceeds my ability

to measure it


The sweetness of green

and damp, fecund Earth


Blue sky, white clouds, fuchsia crêpe myrtle blossoms


A profusion of color

boldly proclaiming glory all around me


Cats lounging in affectionate nearness

a feline fellowship

sharing in the simplicity of simple presence


And now a large, black butterfly

flits across the horizon with purpose


Today is a good day to fly.


 

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.


 

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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