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Poems From The Porch

Tribulation reveals where strongholds lie.

For this I am humbly grateful.

Through this, I am also free.

The defenses, entitlements, and claims of the ego

are subtle and insidious

building walls of sand,

erecting barriers to Love’s compassion,

pulling the shades down over Love’s radiant light.

How quickly things escalate when captivated by one’s own story!

Kidnapped, hijacked, and entranced

Led by pride

Creating collateral damage

Taking hostages

Digging trenches

In the destruction that ego wars create,

clarity dawns in a flash of insight,

the answer, pristine and simple.

The only thing lacking

is what is not being given.


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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