Where I Pray
Happy Poetry Friday, dear friends! It has been bitterly cold here on the ridge, and I am anxious to read all the poetry offerings this week that are sure to warm my heart! You can find the warmth of poetry this week at Kay's space, A Journey Through the Pages.
January winds have come sweeping over the ridge so swiftly and so suddenly. I find myself in a busy tizzy these days. A new year provides the opportunity to re-root and rearrange. But perhaps my favorite thing about January, is the chance to re-enter my writing life. Though the newness of the year may bring unknowns and uncertainties, I know how to sit idly with pen in hand and write. Knowing this simple truth, gives me comfort. Writing can help me grow patient and attentive to all that lies ahead in the new year. Writing is a teacher. I listen. I trust. I know just how.
Invitation to Write:
Learning to be patient and accepting what comes can be a difficult task at times. Yet, when we let go and trust, our senses become keener. The blessing of words may come softly and freely. Each writer finds a way to turn idle thoughts into meaning and song. Practice sitting idly with pen and notebook in hand. See what voices emerge, what dreams may come.
Yes, the blessing of words. The comfort and stillness that can come from the words. It's what we poets long for, isn't it? This poem put me into the position of thinking about Where I pray also. I've had such a rough time with religion for the past several years. My prayers continue, my faith continues....but where I pray and what I pray about have definitely changed. I really hadn't thought about introducing that to my writing life. Thank you, Keisha for continuing to be inspiration. I love that The Ridge is such a sacred place to you. That the rose and the cricket are in you and the same.
1/19/2018 07:47:43 am
"Words begin to trickle down from my mouth", beautiful Kiesha. Your post reminds me of mine today, taking nature and writing to celebrate it.
1/19/2018 03:30:16 pm
This poem flows like a trickling creek, Kiesha, with its own particular tinkling cadence. It's so true - sometimes we have to find (and relax into) stillness and quiet, to listen, and pray from the heart.
1/19/2018 04:04:32 pm
"I know where to kneel
1/20/2018 07:46:39 am
Kiesha, "Each writer finds a way to turn idle thoughts into meaning and song." Lovely, as is your poem. Perhaps, you can create an image poem about winter rushing through the ridge for new winter gallery, Winter Wonderland. Would love to have your voice join mine. Invitation will come out next week.
1/20/2018 04:31:57 pm
There is such blessing is sitting with pen and paper and letting the sights and sounds percolate through brain and heart to trickle out as words. This is such a lovely, peaceful poem.
4/9/2018 07:12:25 pm
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Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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