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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

Ticket to Ride

Poems From The Porch

Today I am sitting on my porch

looking out upon the fecund beauty of daisies smiling,

fire lilies blazing,

and a pink gladiolus rising above, in elegant beauty.

Joyful birds are serenading all of creation

in tunes too varied to name.

Peace in calm abiding

and simple faith that there is harmony in how life unfolds

gives me comfort and hope.

No need to stress or worry

for I know that all is well

and all shall be well,

and all manner of things are arising as needs be

within the universal design of Love’s fancy.

I am so grateful that I have a ticket for the journey,

so I will relax and enjoy the ride.

After all,

this amusement park was made for me and you.


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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