In the beginning The word speaking A cosmos Into being Then humanity From the evolution Of the stars And the language changed To the cry Of a newborn child.
Receive in Wonder
Traherne Windows Cycle #2 Receive in wonder Like a child The glistening colours Of creation Dancing on the cobblestones Of your imagination. ~ This is the next poem in the Traherne Windows Cycle, which was inspired by stained glass windows in Hereford Cathedral by Tom Denny, celebrating the writings and life of Thomas Traherne the … Continue reading Receive in Wonder
All Our Childhoods Are Here
Traherne Windows Cycle #1 ~ All our childhoods are here - You'll find One lost in wonder While others play And an onlooker Watches it all And who knows What passes in the elder's mind? ~ The Traherne Windows cycle was inspired by stained glass windows in Hereford Cathedral by Tom Denny, celebrating the writings … Continue reading All Our Childhoods Are Here
How We All Must Start
(Always Beyond Defeat cycle #7) "Allow the little children To come," he said Though others Try to stymie this Burnt out Quite exhausted Yet love kept rising In his heart To bless all little ones - How we all must start. ~ This is the next in a cycle of poems inspired by scenes from … Continue reading How We All Must Start
. She holds him to the world A mirror which reflects . Our hopes of divinity in the eyes of a child . A shield which displays the genesis of humankind . She holds him to the world and looks away. . Icon of the Enthroned Virgin, 6th Century
The hour Of darkness ~ Is frightening For a child ~ Limited In reason’s power ~ To dispel The soul’s distress ~ Self-swallowed By self-doubt ~ Of trust destroyed Love destroyed ~ Destroyed What made life ~ Feel familiar Safe ~ All now strange Through alienation ~ All lost Until re-discovered ~ Through mystical Regeneration. … Continue reading Regeneration
The Nakedness of Our Condition
~ The bishop holds him like a child ~ And in his nakedness we see our own condition ~ Without impressiveness without pretence ~ Open to grace. ~ This poem takes its inspiration from the moment in St. Francis of Assisi's life when he renounced his father dramatically by literally stripping off all his clothes … Continue reading The Nakedness of Our Condition
~ Spirit Of the banished child ~ That swirls Within ~ The vortex Of the soul ~ Come inside The healing mind ~ Find the peace That comes ~ From being Whole. ~
Falling Upward (3) – Another journey beyond
“Many, if not most, people and institutions remain stymied in the preoccupations of the first half of life”Falling Upward, Richard Rohr, p.vii As children, we reason in often simplistic and sometimes self-damaging ways. We might blame ourselves for things that we have not caused. We might invent all-or-nothing rules to follow to keep ourselves safe. … Continue reading Falling Upward (3) – Another journey beyond
On the 28th December, the Holy Innocents - innocent children - are remembered. This poem is called "Like a Child" ~ The bishop holds him like a child ~ And in his nakedness we see our own condition ~ Without impressiveness without pretence ~ Open to grace. ~ It takes its … Continue reading Holy Innocents
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