One of "older" poems, On Contemplation and about my Apartment in Mill Valley, California USA
this tells of contemplative prayer, the experience of rising like a hawk, or soaring, as does the hawk. God comes closer to humankind, humankind comes closer to God. That seems an unusual statement in our times, nonetheless, the Lord is here whether we know it or not.
I moved from the apartment on the third floor as place of viewing the hawks and place of prayer, to an apartment on the third floor at the other end of the building, place of viewing the hawks and place of prayer. I don't seem to see hawks so much anymore, yet I believe there is a soaring sense of beauty in prayer. God is near, often.
It is almost summertime here in Northern California. We have a heat wave. 92 today.
Apartment on the Third Floor
by Peter Menkin
This apartment, top, third floor
one among hawks who build
has sun. This
room gets afternoon light;
morning, too, streams
in creating simplicity.
The hawks sit in the
The world goes on, in steel
Warm, here just roof above,
among the trees in
company of hawks
who nest. One hawk
on a branch, lit by engaging
sun; spring newness amid
the gray manmade
world that impedes yet connects
the eternal life.
Thank you morning through
daylight to night,
bright stars for a promise
Witnessing the light.
I remark to you of
We enter mansions heavenly, just flesh
Audio reading of the poem 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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