I am a musician, a writer, and a poet. It is now and has always been the primary means by which I engage the Holy. More correctly, it is God’s way of assuring access to me, to my deepest parts. The poem that follows is one composed the day after Holy Week a few years ago. For a local church music director, that day is always bittersweet. Bitter, because all that the week promises in its wealth of life-giving news and hints of transformation is gone for another year. Sweet, because such a grand narrative is never over. It is always just beginning (and, because I can sleep again after not having done so for awhile!)
I spent that day on quiet retreat at our denomination’s mountain camp. It was a time of recuperating, regenerating, retooling, and revisioning. I pray it is that for you, too.
Rimrock retreat – a day at Ghormley Meadows
Rimrock, rustic and real with space
to contain all that’s empty.
The rugged road cast before feet apace
where moon outshines the sun’s identity-
but loses out to one yet brighter.
Pillaged, austere and raw this one comes
bent and spent he went round
and there to see tomb unmanned, he’d won
what spillage, spewed, is spared, fixed and found.
I was blind but now have sight, or
is all that sees as blind or lost
as one whose eyes are just downcast?
For just to see is not to walk, wind-toss’d
and free from nature’s slighted past.
Between the stones of each one’s road
grow wild, still, evidences of strangely new
that mix with voices old to taunt
and vie for the once-free. But they, too
must retreat or be removed like mustard-mount
seeds of faith renewed, of hope, sowed
to keep and deepen the promised field
of unswept dreams and unkept pains;
detritus of lesser gods gives way to peals
of forest bells and words and Word unstain’d
This one’s tale of a Tale once and forever told.
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Perhaps take time today to write poetry, music, or journal. I bet God finds you in the process!