Saturday, August 7, 2010

the body of everything

A transformation
is traveling within
the thirst of this weather.
can be a portal.
Each cell is a shaman,
burning and simple.
The body of everything
connects and absolves:
a vision,
a name,
a story.
The landscape's cosmology
is a family.
Such bright increasing.
Such readiness.
Such space.

--lks July 2010
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This is a found poem from Sacred Fire magazine, with a couple of words added by me.

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I live at the edge of the forest in a little town in the north Georgia mountains. I teach sixth grade Language Arts and am writing a memoir of sorts about family, spirituality, and narrative. I am also exploring a possible writing project having to do with contemporary lay contemplative experience and how it might be informed by the Desert Fathers and Mothers of early Christianity. I am a relatively recent convert to Roman Catholicism and an admirer of Pope Francis, Leonardo Boff, Joan Chittister, and Richard Rohr. I'm a Lay Associate of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers, Georgia. I am interested in indigenous cultures, narratives, and spirituality, especially how these can inform my spirituality as a lay contemplative. I write, read, take pictures, play around with creating ephemera from paper and cloth and other organic things. I cook, hike, watch wildlife, and collect random bits of interesting oddness, both tangible and abstract. I am a seer of smallness and a caretaker of ridiculous minutiae. If you want, e-mail me at or