Karen Hurley Kuchar – Featured Writer December 2020

The featured writer for December is Karen Hurley Kuchar. Here is what Karen says about the group of poems that you can read on her Featured Writer’s Page. A sample of the collection is included below.

“This Collection of Collects began as a daily practice to understand the form of the collect, and grew into a way to distill my thoughts into a prayer.  The structure of the five folds is both gracious and limiting, and helps me focus on the essence and pare the extraneous.  As Pádraig Ó Tuama writes, ‘Naming things is part of the creative impulse.  Naming the deep desires of our heart is a good thing, even if those desires are never satisfied.’ “

If you are inspired by these collects, you will want to consider joining Karen for the Collect Writing Workshop on Wednesday, January 13 from 10 to Noon.

Great Spirit of the forest,
We are just beginning to understand 
The mystery of trees
That communicate with each other to support and protect,
Stand with and surround each other.
In reverence and awe, we are grateful
For a new awareness of this marvelous mystery
Help us to a deeper understanding
Of our oneness with all
Because we wither in separation.

God who whispers,
You speak to us in our hearts,
Hearts that beat with your pulse
Your life flows through our veins.
You let us lead,
But we can feel your current at our back,
Gentle nudges that need quiet to be felt.
We pray today for the silence to hear,
The courage to step forward,
We trust that the path will become clear.
For these are loud and noisy times
That demand our attention and
Invite us to spend our hearts in many places
That do not nourish our spirit.

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