Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Vesper Stones

                                         Lord, you have seen our trouble and our sorrow.
                                           You have heard the prayer of the weak, Lord,
                                              and you will strengthen their hearts. 
                                                                                                          Psalm 9


                                                In the cool of evening,
                                                when the light has become a gravel of stars     
                                                across the deep-blue road of night,
  
                                                and Venus rolls over the horizon
                                                like a bright pebble
                                                into dark water,

                                                and our mind's havoc goes under
                                                our long anguish,
                                                we begin to roll the utterances

                                                of our prayers
                                                into bright blues and indigos,
                                                blood-reds, emeralds and golds

                                                like rough stones 
                                                we long polish and smooth
                                                with our weary and battered hearts; 

                                                drop into 
                                                the vast well
                                                of Your sacred heart.







     Inspired by Nancy Shuman's Post: Revisiting 5 Smooth Stones


5 comments:

  1. Ah, good - you did it! When I read the beautiful comment you left on my post, I immediately thought "she could write a powerful poem about that!" And here it is. it is powerful indeed.

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    1. And a big thank you for the inspiration of your writing! I love that piece!! God bless you dear friend!!

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  2. I love this piece. The prayer stones. (I love this idea of prayer stones, Nancy!). I like how you've linked the vesper stones to gravel/stars and "road of night". Most especially I love the image of dropping the stones into a well. This is tangible and probable, and livable, and brings back memories of throwing or dropping stones into water, whether a well, or pond, lake, stream, or puddle. God is big, and he can take all our stones. Thanks for posting this and for your dialogue with Nancy on her site and yours. Love and light, friend!

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    1. Thanks Amy! Prayer stones are intriguing and beautiful in their images and resonances. I didn't do them justice but tried to put down a little tribute for these gems. God bless..

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  3. Beautiful poem! That's how I think of sea glass, as prayer stones. The vast well of His Sacred Heart-that's a great image1 Thank you so much for your beautiful poetry.

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