"Wheels Turning Inward" is a is a rich collection of over fifty poems, following a poet’s mythic and spiritual journey that crosses easily onto the paths of many contemplative traditions. The artwork at the top of this page, is one image found in the Gordon Moore Memorial stain glass window at Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, by the artist Kim Clark Renteria. The image of these three circles, is emblematic of both the Trinity and the title for this new collection of poetry now available from Friesen Press.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wisdom Comes So Slowly
why is it that wisdom comes so slowly
teach me Lord to ask the questions of compassion as you did Parsifal
who served the grail who healed a king
who walked the "pathless path" long before i was born
like Parsifal let me too meet the Fisher King
turn my thoughts towards waiting towards patience towards healing
as i wait in the darkness which is not darkness only a veil of shadows
as i too wander on a path in a forest which is only illusion
for that one moment of clarity in which we begin to see that our
self inflicted pain is the next step towards a wise mind a world of wonder
and a couragous heart which is open and free to love the mystery
reflecting from us all created as we are as images
arising out of the stillness and the silence
and the emptiness where wisdom rests waiting for wakefulness
waiting to serve the Fisher King answering the questions of compassion let me become such a brightness, where "the night is as bright as the day"
The Book of Common Prayer, Daily Evening Prayer Rite One
If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night," darkness is not dark to thee, O Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to thee are both alike. Psalm 139:10,11
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12
Ron Starbuck is the author of Wheels Turning Inward a collection of over fifty poems. His poetry and prose is an expression of and a response to encountering God's call. We are all called to become God’s people and called to embrace the holiness (wholeness) of the Lord, regardless of what faith we may actually practice. When we come together in and through our relationships, in a spiritual community and connection with one another, we become and act together as a "People of God."
“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16 (NRSV)