Friday, September 08, 2017


author's note:

At a time of many disasters, I'm working not to become a disaster myself.


Though I don't pray religiously...

sometimes, I do
lower my knees
then lower my head
and join right palm to left

because this pause
and position
somehow quiets thought
and in the quiet
I rediscover
the wordless wisdom
of what seems to be
a god within

but in this rediscovery
I realize the chasm
between how I usually act
and what I truly am

but in my shame
I regain the purity of humility

and a sense of hope--
knowing again the deeper truth
about myself.

copy; 2017, Michael R. Patton
listening to silence: a poetry book

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