Keeping Sabbath

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Jan Richardson paintedprayerbook.com

There is an art
to keeping Sabbath
in the long sabbatical of life
Discovering the Sacraments
in the midst of time
all grown sacred

In the sanctuary
of the primal woods
beneath God’s soaring spires
cougar & doe share a peace
free from the memory
of guilt & shame

Along the shore
trembling at the Sound
the Spirit moves over the deep
birthing the Creation yet to be
things materially spiritual
not sacred/secular

No fences mark
a wilderness cemetery
No gravestones recall its heroes
Gospels are read in rings of a fir
Eagles perch as prophets
on old cedar snags

I am a resident alien
in this primeval cathedral
only forever without a community
So it is I take a sabbatical Sabbath
entering St. Aidan’s to grasp
the personality of grace

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to Keeping Sabbath

  1. menomama3 says:

    Mercy me, that is so lovely and lyrical.

    Like

  2. worthy of genuflection

    Like

  3. markpeltonen says:

    Very Powerful, this stanza is incredible and I’ve thought about it alot. Fine work.

    “No fences mark
    a wilderness cemetery
    No gravestones recall its heroes
    Gospels are read in rings of a fir
    Eagles perch as prophets
    on old cedar snags”

    Like

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