"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, April 1, 2010

A Healing Hymn (for Kylene)

this is a poem, a healing hymn
a prayer most especially
for a friend with breast cancer

a reader and writer of books
a teacher of teachers, of many children
a wife and a mother of two

it is a prayer not just for her
but for all the women
who have struggled, again and

again with breast cancer
my aunt was one of them
and yet she lived a long and full life

generous in spirit
generous in love
generous in hope

there is a healing
there is a healing
there is a healing

I say this three times now
that we may all join in
it is a healing

of the heart, of the body
it is a deep healing
of the spirit and of the soul

it is a healing found, through
the compassion we give to others
to those we love and even the stranger

this is my prayer
this is my prayer
this is my prayer

I say this three times too
pray it with me, pray it
out loud with a strong sure voice

let the light of God’s love
the love within you each
be joined to flesh and bone

let such a love
enter into every cell and organ
let it rush in passionately and fully

through every vein and artery
through the blood and heart
down deep into every molecule

into genes and DNA
healing each single one
filling them with a light

a light of healing
that repairs the body
and transforms the soul

let this be a healing hymn
a hymn of praise and wonder, one
that echoes throughout creation

let this healing be the next
great thing, let these words
and thoughts shape such a reality

and teach us all, of the
infinite possibilities of love
found in life, the blessing of life

let life call out to life
and love call out to love
let it be so, always

this is my prayer
this is my prayer
this is my prayer

I say this again, three times three
pray it with me please, sing it
out loud with a strong sure voice

Ron Starbuck

Copyright 2010

Here is a link to Kylene's blog, where she is sharing the story of her journey.  If you read this please say some prayers and send some healing thoughts.

As of Tuesday, 4-21-10, Kylene has been told by her medical team that she is 100% cancer free.