Tonight it is my turn to host Poetics over at dVerse and my prompt is to write a Blessing Poem


There is a flow


a kind of unfolding

a wave like thing

that will


if you step aside from it

and from yourself


proceed outwardly

and inwardly

at once


it brings in its wake



and awe


and the knowledge that


it has precisely



to do with you


you may witness it

be touched by it

be held momentarily

in the beloved’s gaze

in this gift of grace




when this occurs

this rapturous blessing

that falls gently upon you

as light rain in a parched land


become as open to it


as that flower which waits in hope

as that embrace for an old friend

as a heart burst by a lovers touch

as a tear for a loss too deep for words


bring it fully to your being

and let it overcome you

so that you no longer are

without it


for all the senses of it

will expand your without-ness


so that when this grace has passed


a shadow borne of light

will linger


causing you to smile


and in remembrance


of that which binds us all

80 thoughts on “Grace

  1. Bodhirose says:

    Sometimes that grace is very subtle but when we notice it we are indeed blessed. And I suppose blessed even if we don’t notice it, right? Loved your tender words of awareness, Paul.

  2. Glenn Buttkus says:

    You had me at /as a tear for a loss too deep for words/–yup, there are moments of joy & daggers of depression/sorrow/anger that exist almost in a parallel dimension within, that catapult feelings and inexplicable emotions. As poets we plumb those depths daily, and do manage bare bodkin glimpses at these intangibles.

  3. Beverly Crawford says:

    For some reason this recalled to me a tour with friends when we drove the rim of the Colorado National Monument Park where the canyons and rock formations moved me to tears. It was like touching the hand of God. I was absolutely lost in wonder. Your poem is beautiful, Paul.

  4. D. Wallace Peach says:

    This is a stunning poem. I love the lines:
    it brings in it’s wake
    and awe
    and the knowledge that
    it has precisely
    to do with you”
    And yet we are part of the whole, aren’t we? Wonderful.

  5. Victoria C. Slotto says:

    The unfolding of this poem brings blessing upon blessing–so many descriptions to like…my favorite, that gentle grace-filled rain, as you described it. Thank you for this and for the prompt.

  6. Magaly Guerrero says:

    “…the senses of it / will expand your without-ness”. Absolute beauty, bursting with promise, and the sort of energy that makes the soul sing. I love when your poetry reads like you are whispering it inside my head. Just wonderful!

  7. Kathy Reed says:

    If I don’t make all the rounds tonight, I am at glad I at least read your contribution. You’ve touched the almost explainable with such ease. It’s comforting to read as well and beckons us all to pay more attention to these sublime experiences lest we miss them.

  8. Waltermarks says:

    Your verse reminds me of standing at the beach and letting the waves catchup to me. Whether they lap at my feet or knock me over, it’s a great blessing, thank you!

  9. Kerry says:

    Even for one who is not religious, this poem inspires a kind of awe at the way a person can feel in touch with something of and outside of himself… be it a meditation, a trip of higher consciousness or awareness of being part of all that exists. Lovely.

  10. AnnIsikArts says:

    Someone directed me to your poem. I so identify. You’ve ‘writ the truth and beauty’ of this very difficult to describe event truthfully, ably and beautifully. I nodded in agreement and recognition in places. It brought tears to my eyes in places. Thank you for writing this. The comments are also wonderful and it is comforting to know I am ‘gathered together’ with others who have experienced this ‘grace’. There was one time in particular … it’s time I wrote about it. I’m going to shadow you …! 🙂

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