Prayers and poems are similar in that they use symbol and metaphor to express large thoughts. To get the most from both, you have to slow down. You can’t skim a prayer or scan a poem to fully savor it. But slowing down is something we have to practice, especially if our careers are about numbers, deadline pressures, and multi-tasking.
should be as this one, suspended
and the slow coming on of stars,
the great bear first, then the jeweled
crown. Let every solstice pause,
linger in a meadow, imagined
or real, blue with lupine,
the fields wide, the self small,
a place afloat between this
fixed earth and the transparencies
of clouds. Give silence room,
there anger seeps away. Out of the hidden,
fireflies may come to semaphore
a blessing. Beneath the deepening sky,
bright wands and an old cartography of peace.