"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.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Early this morning, I listened to the sound
of two Mockingbirds singing a duet,
with the composition of their song twisting
and spinning through the air
like brilliant streams of light.
When I looked up to find them,
I saw the waning moon bright with the
promise of dawn, framed by the branches
of our neighbor’s pecan tree,
heavy with new leaves from the spring.
On any morning we can go out
to one of our two porches
and listen to the clever and soothing songs
of Mockingbird, Dove, and Sparrow.
The Robins have returned as well, for now;
they always fly on when the heat of summer comes.
It is early May, and the warm humidity of Southeast
Texas is just beginning to edge up.
Each cool morning now is a gracious gift
we treasure, knowing that the hot days
of summer will soon be coming.
What I want to do most today is to
sit for the longest time listening to the
sounds of the morning, arising out of
the quiet emptiness of the earth. To simply close
my eyes and meditate on each song moving up
through the bones and marrow of my body,
and out again through my breath, binding together each
stray particle of my being into one coherent symphony. This is
what God must feel each moment across one universe to the next,
as endless galaxies and solar systems move timelessly through
the deepness of all creation, spinning out the
one clear song of this, his divine design.
If God, as many believe is love. Then I believe
it must be that our love added to others, is helping
to fashion his one song of creation.
And that if we ever stopped loving, really
stopped loving one another, then the world would
truly end suddenly and sadly with no warning at all.
This is why Christ gave us his two greatest
commandments, and Buddha taught compassion,
because they knew and wanted us to know too.
As long as one single person remembers how
to love and forgive anew each morning, like a child,
then the world is saved again and again.
Each morning becoming a new creation,
as God’s Holy Spirit moves across the waters
of our life, and we find our way home to Eden.
Hear what our Lord Jesus saith:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt
love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments
hang all the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22:37-40
Book of Common Prayer - The Holy Eucharist Rite One
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)