Thursday, January 5, 2017

prayer - 8

no gusts
no bursts of cold wind sleet
just an unwavering wall
of Arctic air

the tired monk banks
the fire up
lights another lamp




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

prayer - 7

the tried monk
becomes aware
of basement noise
not the skittering
of mice this time

just the soft
sweet singing
of the novices

a gentle
happy sound
coming up
through the vents

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

prayer - 6

the old coleman stove
pops to life
the tired monk
pulls his toque down
huddles
 waits
for the heat to build

a gust drops
a skiff of snow
down over bowed head



Sunday, January 1, 2017

prayer - 5

sun sets
just a dash
of warm colour
through the forest

cold seeps
in slow and steady
temple dogs
snuggle
in deeper

the tried monk
lights the hearth
flame

Saturday, December 31, 2016

prayer - 4

early Christmas baby
too new to this world
labouring
in this cold day light

tuck her up tight
cradled behind
this guitar neck
as gentle chords ring

prayer - 3

walking
 - some would say trudging
down the forest
valley path
light snow
dusted robes

white bended boughs
a monk on bended knee
offering winter prayers


Friday, December 30, 2016

prayer - 2

a few more steps
crunching
through the cold layers
deep icy snow

pause  - pray
enfolded deep
in bending
hemlock boughs

offering a moment
not asking
no
only abiding