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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

Where The Spark Is

Poems From The Porch

The crowing, cooing, chirping, and cock-a-doodle-doing

seem almost in competition this morning.

I don’t like to admit it

because I am pretty invested in the cozy picture of life in the country,

but the distant car sounds are also vying for attention.

It is a stark contrast to the repose and silence of my cat companions

huddled with me by the fire.

I have to attune to the still, small voice of the wood crackling and whispering

to really hear it.

That’s where the spark is, though,

and the warmth.


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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