invitation to awareness
What makes the desert beautiful is somewhere it hides a well. Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Little Prince
i under each day’s metallic glare small things somehow survive among the rocks whose ancient hardness is slowly scoured into sand— sand which the wind sighs into the infinite silence . . . this mute country was once a fabled garden lush with pulsing green a story of beginning stories . . . now this voiceless paradox of persistence and diminishment swirls into storms so fierce they often blot out the sun . . . ii this desert is the seeker’s realm with its life and death beauty for everything that is singular and essential is always hidden like water
Sister Lou Ella is a certified spiritual director whose poems and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and journals as well as four anthologies. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017. Her first book of poetry is entitled she: robed and wordless and was published in 2015. (Press 53)
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