A January Partly Cloudy

Today is one of those
excellent January partly cloudies
in which light chooses
an unexpected part of the landscape
to trick out in gilt,
and then the shadow sweeps it away.

You know you’re alive.
You take huge steps,
trying to feel the planet’s roundness arc between your feet.
~Annie Dillard from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

It was like a church to me.
I entered it on soft foot,
Breath held like a cap in the hand.
It was quiet.
What God there was made himself felt,
Not listened to, in clean colours
That brought a moistening of the eye,
In a movement of the wind over grass.

There were no prayers said. But stillness
Of the heart’s passions – that was praise
Enough; and the mind’s cession
Of its kingdom. I walked on,
Simple and poor, while the air crumbled
And broke on me generously as bread.
~R.S. Thomas “The Moor”

There are January days
when I am surrounded
by mist and fog and partly cloudies-
a brief gift of blue sky
and gilt light.

God is felt on days like this,
neither seen or heard,
His stilling presence
overtaking me
with each breath I draw,
following the path of each glistening tear,
becoming the arcing ground
reaching to meet my foot
with each bold step I take.

One thought on “A January Partly Cloudy

  1. The sureness of your faith in God’s Presence among (and within) us, Emily, is comforting, assuring — especially now when all ‘hell’ (literally) has broken loose in our nation – questioning, threatening, violating all that we have taken for granted, held comparatively safe and just.
    Especially comforting is your stress that God’s ‘stilling presence’ is ‘neither seen nor heard.’ That surely is the crux, the immovable corner stone, of our gifts of Faith and trust.

    Thank you for your wise reminder, Emily. I fear that we are going to need that wisdom, that surety of His Presence among us in the days, months and, perhaps, years ahead because present indications are that what happened this past week in Washington and in other parts of our Nation has not ended! The hatred and violence that we witnessed did not occur in a vacuum. It has been seething, hidden, unrecognized and well planned for a long time.

    Marana tha (“Come, Lord Jesus.”
    (Rev. 22:20; 1 Cor. 16:22)

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