Monasteries of the Heart

Poetry Lectio

Prayer

Everyday I want to speak with you. And every day something more important
calls for my attention—the drugstore, the beauty products, the luggage

I need to buy for the trip.
Even now I can hardly sit here

among the falling piles of paper and clothing, the garbage trucks outside
already screeching and banging.

The mystics say you are as close as my own breath.
Why do I flee from you?

My days and nights pour through me like complaints
and become a story I forgot to tell.

Help me. Even as I write these words I am planning
to rise from the chair as soon as I finish this sentence.

~Marie Howe~

from The Kingdom of Ordinary Time by Marie Howe (Norton & Co) 2008

May 24, 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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