Colors in a room
By Peter Menkin, Obl. Cam., OSB
White walls, painting aqua tope
around orange sun shows
angels emitting fiery elements towards earth. Heavenward
arrangement as raspberry red wooden chairs
around Easter table,
at whose center a chick emerging
from mirrored egg
wrought in stained glass.
Making awakening sound filling the many
with musical illuminations.
Expectant new day
rising to perform the work of God
in spirit of prayer.
Soon united by the wind
that blows many tongued mysteries
This is sufficiency, to pray.
On the mountain, in the church,
the tendrils of peace offer forth;
stretched open in touch.
The time to speak with God.
Day continues. Work to be done.
Rest comes soon.
Nocturne of dreams will fill an envelope the space--
lives with imagination.
By the table sits a blue and gold trunk;
in place there are candles that are for the inner self,
an offering that asks
make dialogue happy.
Lit, these are connected
to the mysteries in the church by the park,
communicated among the other homes.
Lighted candles in the evening,
Waiting they state to God:
"O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the ever-living
Father in heaven..."
adorn the wall: tree with yellow leaves,
hermitage house at monastery,
wind sculpted tree on land jutting
by the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur,
amazing cross and gems
set in worked metal by an artist living in Mexico
(a man praying on his knees).
These are windows,
A man lives here.
Audio reading of poem by aspiring poet Peter Menkin is here:
Video poem of "Colors in a Room" by the poet is here:
Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA where he writes poetry. He is an Oblate of Immaculate Heart Hermitage, Big Sur, CA and that means he is a Camaldoli Benedictine. He is 64 years of age as of 2010.
Copyright Peter Menkin
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