For seekers and yearners and pray-ers

I share this poem by Gene Bradbury with you because it speaks so truly about the call of God — the journey of contemplative prayer — the experience of finding God and the truth of your own life in the dark and the deep.  At least it speaks to me, for I yearn to go beyond the shallows….

Chicago skyline red sun viscous blue sea


One must travel
into that quiet place
be covered in silence
like windows in winter snow.

Go deeper still,

where birds no longer sing
one’s breath is all there is,
climbing down, down,
into emptiness, and you
listen with your soul.

Go deeper and deeper,

with a faint ripple
of thought, waits
like a beautiful gem
to be unearthed,
pocketed in silence.

From this deep place,

is carried up where
all becomes bright and clear,
as snow melts, and
birds began their song,
to live again, and know

darkness turns to light.

                    GENE BRADURY

in Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, vol. 20, No. 2, p. 12







Author: Linda Robinson

Writer, Christian contemplative, concerned citizen.