Friday, February 17, 2012

a habit of vision

This is a found poem I put together today from John McQuiston's book Always We Begin Again.

Every mystery we seek
carries a ruthlessly patient
habit of vision.
A compass of fire
refines our sacred work.
Something infinite and vast
gently pursues us,
an affinity for praise,
a currency of mercy,
insatiable and healing.

--lks 2/17/2012
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  1. this is interesting to me, laura,
    an affinity for praise,
    a currency of mercy,

    while i am not christian i can understand why the fall of man seems to make so much sense. we are essentially flawed or unformed and spend our lifetimes seeking healing and wholeness. what is this? it is, i believe, so much more advanced than religion suggests, it is fundamental to our construction as human beings. perhaps this is why it got written into religions. if the poets can recognize it then surely those who wrote religious texts could recognize it, and what were they if not poets with a specific bent? strange. true.


  2. beautiful thoughts, erin. I am so very glad you found my blog. this 'pursuit' i write of is a mysterious and beautiful thing, and i find myself most reluctant to name it. i am just going to trust its quirky intelligent wild heart.

  3. A currency of mercy. I think that phrase strikes me most.

  4. I'm glad you liked it, that it resonated for you.

  5. Beautiful, there is definitely something sacred in the pursuit of poetry.

  6. And in receptivity to it. Thank you.


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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