Monasteries of the Heart

Poetry Lectio

from Breaking the Drought

If prayer would do it

If prayer would do it
I'd pray.

If reading esteemed thinkers would do it
I'd be halfway through the Patriarchs.

If discourse would do it
I'd be sitting with His Holiness
every moment he was free.

If contemplation would do it
I'd have translated the Periodic Table
to hermit poems, converting
matter to spirit.

If even fighting would do it
I'd already be a blackbelt.

If anything other than love could do it
I've done it already
and left the hardest for last.

~ Stephen Levine ~
(Breaking the Drought)

August 10, 2012

Pray this Poem

Read the poem, aloud if possible.

Think about this question: Are the images or metaphors relevant to your daily life?

Invite the Holy Spirit into your heart.

Sit with the poem for 10 or 15 minutes.

Respond in some way: drawing, writing, silence.
            

Arleen Hynes "Poetry and Prayer" in Praying magazine, June 1, 1999

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