"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, January 9, 2010

A Trinity of Thoughts


God’s Holy Spirit travels upon each breath we breathe,
Breathe deeply my friends, breathe deeply.
With each breath, let light spread inside yourself,
As morning spreads in luminous waves across the heavens at daybreak.
Or as light refracts through the prism that is ourselves,
Revealed in rainbow spectrums brilliant with primary colors.
Mirroring the mind and thought and vision of God
As that vision pierces the mystery found in a human heart,
To fully comprehend each isolated soul.
And where we, we who are born from a word
Spoken from a tongue flaming with divine desire,
Become the intention and the passion and the sparks of creation
Meant to maintain and give birth beyond all measure.

Breathe deeply, and between each breath we breathe
Illuminate each passing whim and desire
Rushing unclearly through the mind,
With a radiant ray of transcending light,
Holding it there with calmness,
Until we discover the miracle in a fleeting moment.
To see with such a clarity, that we may arrive knowingly
Where the stillness of heaven begins and time is born,
From the emptiness of creation before thought is formed.
Let each thought like highly polished seeds, suffuse our hearts with joy
And bloom as a rose blooms with a radiance brilliant as a diamond, overflowing with
Wisdom and compassion, shaping our deeds and actions
To help repair and redeem a world broken by sorrow,
As God redeems the world through a divine word who dwells in us.


God’s Holy Spirit travels upon each breath we breathe,
Breathe deeply my friends, breathe deeply.
Let God’s sacred breath blow upon us and
With each inward breath we breathe feel light
Pour inside the body as a balm poured from the hands of God,
Ardent with anticipation, filled with love
From crown to foundation,
Clearing the mind.
Let light stream through
Every nerve and vessel

Flowing up and down the spine,
Transforming the cosmic dust of our souls
Into unimagined colors,
Shimmering across galaxies unending
In a universe of infinite possibilities.

Where illumination composes consciousness,
To expand from there,
Like the swelling of a symphony.
Entering each cell and organ,
To dance with luminous precision
Through nucleus, chromatin
Genome and DNA, renewing life itself.
Breathe in the breath of God,
Being and becoming children of the Most High,
Holding the light of a new creation
In the palm of their healing hands.


God’s Holy Spirit travels upon each breath we breathe,
Breathe deeply my friends, breathe deeply.
With each outward breath feel energy spring
From the stillness of creation, 
Rising up through the silence
To encircle and enclose ourselves
Like coronal auroras surrounding the heavenly stars,
Reflected in the eyes of a thousand angels gazing into
A calm dark sea above a midwinter’s sky.
Witnessed by constellations beyond counting
Dancing across the deepness of space.

May the breath of God’s Holy Spirit rush in with a mighty force
To guide and fill us with such an illumination.
Let God’s righteousness be laid upon us
Layer upon Layer, Light upon Light,
Becoming vessels made from the dust of creation,
Fired with passion, filled with compassion.

O Lord, as such a people,
As a people born in the baptism of your Holy Spirit, and
As people shaped by thy Word.
Let us enter into thy Heavenly Kingdom
Here on this earth, at this time.
In this place where we learn,
Not only of love, but how to love.
And let your love grant us the courage and strength
To transform this world,
Filling it with thy justice and peace for all people,
Everywhere, Forevermore.
O Lord, help us to make …. “Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  Amen.

Ron Starbuck
Copyright 2007