"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.

Monday, December 28, 2009

if you will only take a moment

if you will only take a moment
to pause quietly, to close your eyes
in prayer
and to then imagine yourself

breathing out slowly, surely
and while doing so
letting go of all earthly desires
and distractions

all attachments, and anger
the relentless thoughts, frustrations
and fears of the day
until the body aches for air

starving for the divine spirit
which gives true life

breathing in again slowly, surely
welcoming the Holy Spirit
descending upon you, like a soft white dove
or a fire fiercely burning and bright,
as a blessing of Christ

consuming all suffering
into a moment of clarity
filled with light
surrounded by a peace

surrounded by a peace, which
is like no other, no other at all

which is like an understanding,
a oneness of Christ, the Word made Flesh
that transcends and
heals the whole world

your world

                       Ron Starbuck
                       Copyright 2009