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Every day I want to speak with you. And every day something more important
calls for my attention—the drugstore, the beauty products, the luggage
I need to buy for the trip.
Even now I can hardly sit here
among the falling piles of paper and clothing, the garbage trucks outside
already screeching and banging.
The mystics say you are as close as my own breath.
Why do I flee from you?
My days and nights pour through me like complaints
and become a story I forgot to tell.
Help me. Even as I write these words I am planning
to rise from the chair as soon as I finish this sentence.

–Marie Howe

Written by MattAndJojang

April 17, 2018 at 5:42 pm

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  1. This is a wonderful poem: poignant, true, and just a little amusing, because it’s so recognizable.


    April 17, 2018 at 8:12 pm

  2. To paraphrase Chuang Tzu. Unless the waters are still, you cannot see the gold at the bottom of the pond…

    Good to see another post from you Matt. Long time no see !


    Senan of Somerset

    April 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm

  3. I agree, Linda. This poem reminds me so much of myself. No sooner have I sat down to pray or meditate when I find myself barraged by all sorts of thoughts and distractions. Sometimes, I wish there was some sort of switch through which I can just turn off all my concerns, cares and anxieties of the day.


    April 18, 2018 at 5:37 pm

  4. Hi, Senan!

    Yes, it’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been sick for the past few months because of the change of weather. Lately,we’ve experienced extremes in weather. It was too cold during the months of January – March. Now that we’re approaching summer here in the Philippines, the weather is too warm. Definitely, due to climate change.

    Thanks for sharing the Chuang Tzu quote. Beautiful! And so true! This reminds me of what Merton said:

    The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds.


    April 18, 2018 at 5:47 pm

  5. Glad to see you post again. Hope you will be okay despite the summer heat. I can relate to this prayer. For it is certainly a Gift to just be still in HIS Presence. But something has shifted for me that I hope others can find.
    It seems to me life is life and stuff and thoughts are always going to be biding for our attention and at times not seem from God. Yet, at least for me, once the Anchor of the Name Jesus become settled in my soul, a realization occurred that I’m living in the Kingdom and everything else became an observation of the world trying to come in.
    But the desires or thoughts, things could never take hold of me, but only flow through me. And as they did I ask ‘what can I change to incorporate them into the Kingdom or what should let go? ‘I ask how they are or are not part of God’s Plan for Man in me Individually, but also for others….then sometimes I just share.
    I must say I owe this only to the Mercy of Jesus’ Holy Spirit in a very specific Way.
    Thanks for Sharing Marie’s prayer and Merton’s observation.

    Christopher H

    May 21, 2018 at 12:37 am

  6. Thank you, Christopher, for the kind thoughts.
    To be still before God’s presence is a gift that God gives to those who ask for it. And for those who are patient enough to be quiet in His presence, He gives a taste of what it means to be in the kingdom of God within us. Truly, one of the best ways to experience this is to pray the Holy Name of Jesus quietly, slowly and reverently.
    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog and for sharing your thoughts and experiences…


    May 21, 2018 at 10:02 pm

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