Let Nothing Disturb You – Teresa of Avila

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God never changes. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that. You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him. It is foolish to think we will enter Heaven without entering into ourselves. The closer one becomes to God, the simpler one becomes. To reach something good, it is useful to have gone astray thus acquiring experience. Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. – Sayings of St. Teresa of Avila

No lazy mind comes to poetry. 
For poetry goes where we are reluctant to travel. 
Travel we must.  

A book of Donna’s poems.

Can You Not Remember? – poem

When did this brutality grow?
Can you not remember?
Go back to the place where you left that man dying.
This time you must bring him back with you.

I see you in my dreams.
Your face is edged with battle.
I touch your forehead from a distant land.
Settle, settle, peace, peace.

The Earth glare is so bright.
It washes the white memory from your mind.
Have you forgotten that
we come from the same place?

You are looking for something,
demanding to be found.
Make your way back from that broken land.
Return from that empty place.

There is nothing there for you.
It holds a million shadows.
There are no friends there.
Settle, settle, peace, peace.

It is warmer here.
Can you see the light?
Trust it.
It is safe.

It has lived a long time.
It has seen much more than you.
You fight a demon that you once knew
but the demon is already slain.

And from the corner of your eye,
you will see the scattered,
sacred fire reform again.
Settle, settle, peace, peace.

From Strange Words