A Sabbath Rest

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Paul Jenkins

One can only look
at the troubles of our times
so long before he becomes troubled
Those surrounded by chaos
will become cynical

When in a drought
wise women know of springs
where the living waters forever flow
Their knowledge time`etched
on their cave’s wall

When in the deluge
the elders head up to the hills
where the tree roots grow in granite
Their experience time`tested
by their generations

Step away from it all
Take a Sabbath from the news
perhaps a shower will soak the parch
or sun`light pierce the clouds
rest refresh re`engage

“I was awakened from my dream of the ruined world
    by the sound of rain falling slowly
       onto the dry earth of my place in time.
    On the parched garden, the cracked-open pastures,
       the dusty grape leaves, the brittled grass,
       the drooping foliage of the woods,
          fell still the quiet rain.” ~ Wendell Berry


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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2 Responses to A Sabbath Rest

  1. perhaps God’s greatest gift – tomorrow

    Liked by 1 person

  2. deuxiemepeau says:

    Thank you for this one!

    Liked by 1 person

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