Monday, April 21, 2014

There's Something to Be Said


There's just one shower here at our new old farm house and it stands about three feet high over an ancient porcelain tub.  It's quirky, you might say, just the sort of thing to inspire a little poetry, and here's a case where one poem popped up inside of another. Do you think I should separate them or keep them together?  Let me know in the comments section . . .


There's something to be said
for a shower that forces you
to kneel each morning,
like a flower bent
by heavy rain.

*   *

Alone in a cold house
one evening on retreat,
I heated water for a bath
filling pans and tea kettle
on the stove, making trip
after trip up and down
two flights of stairs.
It took three rounds
just to get the tub luke-warm.

Watching myself
I wondered whether
it was all a ruse, a
busy way of avoiding prayer,
but then again, maybe
the work - the commitment,
the longing for a good, long soak
- was itself a prayer.

*   *

Every morning now I genuflect,
knees on porcelain,
while warmth rains down on me.
There's something to be said for that.

Photo Credit: HERE.
This post is linked with Playdates With God .

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5 comments:

  1. Beautiful photo & thoughts. In my opinion, keep them together as there is something to be said about "community". I so loved reading "Spiritual Misfit" as well. Have a great day!

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  2. I like them together too, Kelly. I love this part:

    I wondered whether
    it was all a ruse, a
    busy way of avoiding prayer,
    but then again, maybe
    the work - the commitment,
    the longing for a good, long soak
    - was itself a prayer.

    Made me smile tonight.

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    1. Yes Laura, that was my invitation to move out of judgment and into love, something I seem to always need. Good to hear from you :)

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  3. Definitely together. Love them. Thank you.

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