"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 16, 2010

Poets of Creation

a friend once told me
    that each artist must
        develop a new language

this is true of poets too
    words are more than words
        as thoughts are more than thoughts

the power of poetry
    comes through how each
        word turns into a subtle reality

if I am to understand
    the mystery of creation
        then I think it is found

in the pain of others
    in their own humanity and inability
        to release themselves from desire

and to learn the language of poetry
    to grasp it so fully and so completely
        that they then become someone beyond themselves

they become a vessel of light and compassion
    a torch burning brighter and brighter
        a gentle flame moving from sun to sun

lighting up the visible universe (28 billion light years in diameter)
    and beyond, becoming starlight that travels and bends
        beyond all the distant horizons of time

creating new realities, infinite in scope
    our imaginations can do that you know
        as our lives move in a motion of poetry

becoming the first poem ever spoken by God
    as such a poem God uses us to make and sustain creation
        we are the poet and the poem out of which each moment arises

                                                                              Ron Starbuck
                                                                              Copyright 2010