Sunday, March 18, 2012

this vigil

Follow this powerful silence
Wherever you listen,
your receptive heart
will always find
the persistent disciple this
vigil reveals:
love, holy in its
blush of perfect
a psalm of ordinary
translating grace into
a gentle, compassionate

I got this found poem from the Rule of Benedict. I make lists of words that speak to me from these sources and then pull them together. I put this one together yesterday while sitting by Talking Rock Creek.


  1. Talking Rock Creek... sounds like a good place for a vigil (and I am also reminded of the title of one of Annie Dillard books) You creatively play with words and that's neat.

  2. Thank you. That is probably my favorite book, though I love all of her work.


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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