"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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Life is a Conversation

more than anything

life is a conversation

a coming together

of all our longings

a youthfulness of

knowing and being known

are you ready

for the next step

are you ready

to speak up, to sing out loud

with the voice of a

mockingbird, whose brightest songs

are spiraling out joyful threads

of light, mending together

the deepest sorrows

of the world

are you ready

to speak up, to listen to

a single child’s

cry of loneliness, or

an old gray haired woman’s

gay laughter, do you know now

how to look and to see

how the thread of each thought

leads you inevitably to

the next moment of your life

there is gathering

within me a great gratitude

of the earth (and all she teaches)

in these

early morning hours

when the world is

stillness itself

when unspoken words

begin forming the day

it is in these moments

of sanity where I begin

realizing the salvation

found in silence

I am the stillness then

singing out loud

from the quiet depths

a song which marks

the bright passing

of the self into the

world, becoming its own

kind of blessing, as the

earth breathes in once more

Ron Starbuck

Copyright 2010