Thursday, April 5, 2018

SJFT & NPM: Poetry as a Spiritual Practice of the Heart

Welcome to Spiritual Journey First Thursday, a group of friends who blog together each month about our spiritual journeys. 

Carol at Beyond Literacy Link is 
our host for today where her topic is
Poetry as a Spiritual Practice of the Heart.

Meandering the words of poets
and well-loved verses of scripture,
I ponder the power of
poetry and spiritual practices
to bring pause to the pandemonium,
to slow my racing pulse,
I drink of living water.
I breathe deeply.
I am still.
I pray.

- Ramona Behnke, 2018
(with gratitude for borrowed lines from "The Wild Geese" and "The Peace of Wild Things" both by Wendell Berry and faith-filled words from scripture)

National Poetry Month 2018
"Give praise with friends near and far,
flinging words to the sky!"
- Amy Ludwig VanDerwater


  1. Love how you gathered words to tell of the power of poetry and scripture!

  2. Yes, a lovely gathering. I do love that line from Berry about the "day-blind stars." Enjoy the stillness as you wait with your light.

  3. This is great, Ramona! I really like how you use the repeated "p"s in these lines:

    "I ponder the power of
    poetry and spiritual practices
    to bring pause to the pandemonium,"

    followed by lines that are much quieter, to create a contrast that suggests tranquility.

  4. It's really pretty, Ramona. I like the idea of collecting lines, a way to bring all together, people, too.

  5. Your "gathered words" and the shape of your poem brings us to the most essential of spiritual practices. Thank you, Ramona.

  6. Ramona, combining your words with phrases has opened a new dimension to your writing, one that benefits us, the readers. I love the fact that all of us can fling words to the sky and make our relationship with each other and spiritual essence stronger.

  7. Dear Ramona, you are a word-gatherer indeed! So much to love here, so much beauty and meaning... I crave stillness these days, and enjoy it, too, more than ever. Amazing what one hears in the stillness. xo