Saturday, March 7, 2015

Prayer Shawl

Tucked into a hideaway room,
retreating from my world,
I wrap myself in a
purple prayer shawl
and cocoon in
the quiet of the moment. 

Stillness surrounds me.
Candles whisper,
flame of fire first still
then flickering
holy tranquility enfolded
in amethyst shadows. 

Quiet embraces,
Alluring me into
the spaciousness
of life lived fully—
of wings in flight.

But for now,
the deafening sound of silence 
is yet more still
and spaciousness lies within 
as I listen for this message
just for me.

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  1. I am a
    cocoon in
    the quiet of the moment,
    a wondrous thought lingering
    in the moonlight of morning.
    I tuck myself away, knowing that later,
    when the collision of ideas begins,
    I can take me out, unfold this time
    and remember ...

    PS -- I hope you don't mind me lifting a line and building a new poem around it. I loved your.

  2. There are times when the deafening sound of silence is so compelling, it demands our attention. I love your use of that line. You were aware of the silence surrounding you and captured that moment.

  3. I think we have all experienced that deafening sound of silence at one time in our lives. Beautiful poem.

  4. As a teacher, I too am aware of the sound of quiet. The contrast between the 5 minutes before and after dismissal in my classroom is like the difference between darkness and light. I love your poem.

  5. We need more moments like this. This was so calming to read and reread.

  6. Thank you for sharing this moment of tranquility.

  7. I've been running around doing errands, Deborah, lovely to slow down & listen to your words.

  8. This is absolutely beautiful. Sometimes I need to retreat from my world and listen to that silence. It doesn't happen near enough.

  9. Your poem is lovely. You have given us a lot to think about. Quiet can be embracing, but it can be more, too.

  10. I love your idea of space within silence. So often in our busy worlds, we don't carve out those necessary moments to simply be still, silent, reflective. Thanks for sharing this peaceful moment captured in your lovely poem.