I Will Just Say This

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A poem by St. Teresa of Avila

We

bloomed in Spring.

Our bodies

are the leaves of God.

The apparent seasons of life and death

our eyes can suffer;

but our souls dear, I will just say this forthright:

they are God

Himself,

we will never perish

unless He

does.

       

Poetry by St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Creative Heart

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The creative heart usually gets crushed

dreams broken, not really feeling like the sun

illumination defused into a million pieces.

Yet somehow we always manage to turn

ourselves into a brilliant phoenix reborn

life from the ruins, colors again

becoming an intense beauty

shining into our art, and writing.

This always amazes me.

Our hearts, our souls,

on fire.

        

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Friday Night Culture – Faith

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It is Good Friday. This weekend millions of people around the world will celebrate Easter, some in a secular way, but many will have faith burning brightly. And Easter in many places is a part of our culture.

But I hesitate this time of year, and at Christmas, because this is not a faith based blog, and it never has been. Many bloggers are much better at sharing their faith than I am. This is a creative writing blog, that’s the way I have designed it.

I also tend to be very accepting of different views. The fact is, I love and respect all people, and I love different cultures, and I always will. Sometimes I would rather talk to a Buddhist, than a fundamentalist Christian, depending on the people of course. That’s just who I am.

Experiencing love and compassion within a faith though can be so beautiful. I have selected two songs that I hope you will enjoy. They are heart songs really, of looking for the One who made us.

I know in my own life there have been a number of times, I have felt very alone, and even for forsaken, especially in the past several years, but faith and the love of my family keeps me going.

I’ll be posting some more this weekend, including some ancient poems which I love.

Happy Easter everyone! And regardless of your faith, I wish you peace!

      

Writing and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

videos from youtube, music by Kari Jobe

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Love Does That

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A poem by Meister Eckhart

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes

with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries

about things that bother only

burros.

  And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting

than physical labor.

    Once in a while a kind monk comes

to her stable and brings

a pear, but more

than that,

    he looks into the burro’s eyes, and touches her ears

  and for a few seconds the burro is free

and even seems to laugh,

   because love does

that.

   Love frees.

        

Poetry by Meister Eckhart (German monk) 1260-1328

Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Meadow

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When they were younger the meadow always seemed to hold so much promise. They would sigh and dream of a simpler life. Perhaps they could trade the jingle of a few gold coins, for the peace that passes all understanding. Could they live here, farming, and be connected?

Yet time wore some holes in their clothing, and the vision of the meadow faded. The oak tree, and the wooden fence seemed to get lost in a fog. Wars raged on the outside, death was pushed back, but the scars on the inside were too immense. What they needed was an angelic army.

It took them a long time to realize their own strengths, and that peace becomes so much more valuable, a treasure really, when you have lived through the fight, pushing back time.

And now that they are older, they sigh more deeply, holding hands realizing, they have always embraced….. the meadow.

      

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

No One Knows His Name

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A poem by St. Francis of Assisi

No one

knows his name –

a man who lives on the streets

and walks around in

rags.

    

Once I saw that man in a dream.

He and God were constructing

an extraordinary

temple.

    

Poetry by St. Francis of Assisi 1182 – 1226

Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

At the Pond

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It amazes me how we can just sit on the bench

and speak without saying anything. Holding you

seems to have a language all its own,

listening to your breathing

watching the ducks, a couple

two, a part of the moment

as we blend into each other

breathing the universe.

Love lives here.

      

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Standing Still

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Lighthouses never really answer our calling

our yearning, for answers against the tide

searching the horizon for the meaning of our pain.

But somehow they do offer hope, simply standing

strong against the wind, never leaning

not shattered, but offering the light

in the fog. Perhaps we don’t really need

our answers, but simply strength

for standing still.

      

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Lifting Up

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There is a psalm that lingers

above the sensitive ones waiting

to be set free, waiting to be illustrated

a story told – to lift up, to fill in the colors,

revealing the earth, the sky longing

to strengthen, to empower us

hovering with just the right words

making us whole again

dancing, so that we can teach

ourselves who we are.

All we need

is to grasp

the right words,

lifting our hearts.

       

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”