Connecting with Poetry

December 11, 2015

As the Creative Collaborative ReTREATers gathered for the 1st Friday night of the 4th annual ReTREAT, we were invited to sit at the table that held the poem we had received in our Confirmation Kits. Along with the poem, there were questions to prompt conversation. 


Seated with a group who had never all dined together before, I was struck by the quick intimacy, depth and vulnerability that showed up as we read the poems and explored how the words and message resonated with each of us.


I wonder what magic happened at the other tables?


Song I Hear in my Head 

This is the song I still hear in my head, 
the one that haunts me as I muddle through my dreams
and wake into the morning,
the one that cycles and spirals and flows through my whole being,
the song that is calling, that is waiting, yearning to be heard, sung, felt, known
This is the mystery that defines me,
the wonder, the vortex, the fabulous wide open unknown
that I struggle to condense, confine, compare - 
all the while convoluting its simple pure complexity
This is the memory I carry in my heart,
the one that aches and burns, 
the one that brings solace to my soul,

The memory that is the story, the story that remains a mystery,

the mystery that is the song,
the song I still hear in my,

hear in my head. 

                                  ~Robin OK


 Turning Back

The rain rinses the air,

stops at dusk, allows

a radiant encore,

roses tossed upon the horizon


Stars catch on the edges

shredding clouds. The breeze

Stirs shadows as it whispers

‘cross branches and leaves us

with just enough scents. We

search our landscape, slip

through dreams matching


the right odor

with its proper memory.

We hear the gulls seeking

calling out for the lost love,

their lost home. We snuggle

a little deeper into our bed,

a smile caught on our lips.


There is always a beginning,

a thread that leads us into

the story. We can always make

sense of everything

as long as we don’t lose the thread.

We slip our book mark

between the pages, turn off

the light, notice that there is

nothing pressing about tomorrow.

Find where darkness meets

breath and unwrap our dreams.


                          ~Thomas Burson


I said: what about my eyes?
God said: Keep them on the road.
I said: what about my passion?
God said: Keep it burning.
I said: what about my heart?
God said: Tell me what you hold inside it?
I said: pain and sorrow?
He said: ..stay with it.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.





Words drift but don’t land

foggy whispers

fragments of emotions

too fragile for words

I just sit with it all

Letting it all go

Peace moving through

like a ghost knowing no borders

Allowing all things to be

Just as they are

Allowing things to happen

As they will

Knowing all will be well

There is nothing for me to make

Music moves into my soul

Love cannot fail

A million diamonds sparkle on the water

This dance defines my life

                                              ~Amy Lloyd



In Sweet Company

We sit together and I tell you things,

Silent, unborn, naked things

That only my God has heard me say.

You do not cluck your tongue at me

Or roll your eyes

Or split my heart into a thousand thousand pieces

With words that have little to do with me.

You do not turn away because you cannot bear to see

Your own unclaimed light shining in my eyes.

You stay with me in the dark.

You urge me into being.

You make room in your heart for my voice.

You rejoice in my joy.

And through it all, you stand unbound

By everything but the still, small Voice within you.

I see my future Self in you

Just enough to risk

Moving beyond the familiar,

Just enough to leav

The familiar in the past where it belongs.

I breathe you in and I breathe you out

In one luxurious and contented sigh.

In sweet company

I am home at last.

                                                                 ~Margaret Wolff





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