Once Again in the Garden

 

Jesus's face is wiped by Veronica

In the distance

loud hosannas fade

saving no one

but themselves

A deepening No

flees from the Light

thrusting the kneeling One

beyond comfort beyond knowing

beyond fear

ensuing madness deepens

crimson tears flow

Whispering Wind

silently encouraging, enticing, enfolding

as the kneeling One stands

arms wide open

Heart exposed


 

Photo Credit: Ninabeth Metcalf;
The Stations of the Cross Prayer Garden, sculpture by Gib Singleton
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM
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Where wild things are ~ a poem by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Harold Weston , Wilderness-Marcy, Dvorak New World Symphony, Largo

Harold Weston , Wilderness-Marcy, Dvorak New World Symphony, Largo

    The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan;
and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

—Mark 1.12-13

Spirit,
drive me out
into my solitude,
my desolations,
my discomfort.

Set me down
among the wild beasts,
fears and hungers
pawing around inside me.

Put me at peace with them,
not the master but the saved,
the one to be tamed,
to listen to them,
lie down among them,
and go my way,
returned
to my feral innocence.

They will roam my wilderness,
I will learn their eyes,
I will live differently.

Among them,
who also answer,
are angels who attend
to those who wander there
so that we will.

~  Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

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Image:

Harold Weston , Wilderness-Marcy, Dvorak New World Symphony, Largo, 1922, Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

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Reaching

The Morning Star photo by Ninabeth Metcalf

The Morning Star photo by Ninabeth Metcalf

Standing tip-toe

I reach for You

Star above all stars

Fallen crumpled

You reach for me

Star within all stars

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Have You Heard?

Snowy Day  photo by Ninabeth Metcalf

Snowy Day photo by Ninabeth Metcalf

Have you heard?

Titmouse, Sparrow, and Junco proclaim.

Do you know?

We are beauty and wonder

fully made

by the Creator of all creators

in Love!

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Tikkun Olam

The Wall of Indifference by Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman, 1989
The Wall of Indifference by Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman, 1989

 

The screams for help

too many

The anger

too great

El-roi gasps

gasps

The world contracts

The days grow short

Chaos presses in

presses in

When will we see

When will

we see

That love

Love is great

That song

song will bring salvation

salvation

healing and wholeness

Tikkun Olam

Oh

Tikkun Olam

The moan of oppression

The anger of extreme

Days grow short

oh so short

Chaos presses in

The cry becomes suffocating

El-roi gasps

Gasps

The world contracts

A people mourn

The wail

The wail becomes liberating

A glimmer of light

Night

Night is fleeting

The love

Love abundant

Joy

The joy of Salvation

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Heaven’s Kiss

Along the Delaware               photo by Ken Metcalf

Along the Delaware photo by Ken Metcalf

Heaven’s Kiss

Surrounding Hug

Awaken us to Your Touch

to the hard ground

rippling water

still breeze

warming flame

of Your Embodied Love

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Intertwined

The Center

In the intertwining of God and I

emerges the point

the center

of everything

of nothing

a luminous

flowing web

of Mercy

all Gift

 

Photo Credit: Ninabeth Metcalf

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Crazy Woman

Epocha, detail by Tim Metcalf, 2013.

Epocha, detail,  by Tim Metcalf, 2013.

O Wisdom

in all your glory

We glance, gawk, chide,

and

ignore

as you stand

yelling

from the corner

Crazy Woman

what possibilities

do

you

proclaim

 

Photo Credit: Ninabeth Metcalf; detail from Epocha. Tim Metcalf, graphite on paper, 3′ X 20′, 2013.

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Astounding Mercy

maple leaves

Blue grey clouds; Mercy

Blazing maple; Mercy

Gentle touch: Mercy

Beginning and end; Mercy

blushing foolish in your Presence

Astounding Mercy

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Wonder

sunset cloud

How lovely the Earth

spiraling through endless love

linked

by shimmering tenuous strings

flaming – rain – bowed

in vast time

floating radiant

blue-green wonder

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