"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, January 18, 2010
Winter Pays a Visit
Early this January, winter paid us a visit in Southeast Texas, quite cold for southern folk as you may imagine, temperatures plunged well below freezing to some twenty two degrees or less overnight.
Literally landing on our door step where several large terracotta pots sit on a side porch, nursing delicate yellow and white pansies along with purple kale.
Each plant wilted and drooped for days afterwards and then by some miracle of nature or divine design came back, resurrected if you will as healthy and wholehearted as before.
There was no fear of death or dying involved just life calling out to life, life does that you know life calls to life and in doing so makes death a terrible liar.
On warmer days you may often see a squirrel or two digging in our pots upon the porch, to deposit or withdraw some small treasure they have buried there, cheered on by the local mockingbirds and our dogs of course.
Who worry so, barking away at the window, aching in their bones to rush out the door and chase their tormentors back up a tree. Oh, how they do go on with their antics and agitations.
Death may be long, forever even or not perhaps, but life I think is stronger still. Life is always calling us back to life, even back from death, life belongs to life.
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)