Susan Strickland

Ruach-Harmony and Oneness in the Presence of Jesus

A French Pantoum

Amen, a flower, sweet fragrance, blossoms welcoming, take in the flowering pear, breathe in, breathe out, the cycle of Ruach, Spirit, Divine presence, walking, breathing, becoming one

Briefly, I see you, hear you, smell you, invisible force, imparting presence, Divine, embrace my heart, bring forth warmth, your Spirit enter my soul.

A piece of heaven, recharge, fill, incense surround me, scent dancing, invigorating breeze, simple attention, intertwined, life-giving, comfort, deep awareness, refreshing anima, touch me.

Hush, discover the whirl, simply listen, truth-hope-faith, hover over me, the eternal rhythm, breath of life, quiet inner peace, imbued dwelling, deep, instilling, trussed with the sweetness of Jesus.

Briefly, I see you, hear you, smell you, invisible force, imparting presence, Divine, embrace my heart, bring forth warmth, your Spirit enter my soul.

May I walk, uplifted, surrounded by a misty wind, remind me, fill all spaces, comfort of freshness, soft tender essence, bestow blessed sameness, deep in the core.

Hush, discover the whirl, simply listen, truth-hope-faith, hover over me, the eternal rhythm, breath of life, quiet inner peace, imbued dwelling, deep, instilling, trussed with the sweetness of Jesus.

Gentle, blowing wind, heard in my ear, sense a blissful captivation, inhale, exhale, clothed and caress my heart, blending, sacred communion, silent gusts, harmonious rising and falling, together, the love that inflames my being

May I walk, uplifted, surrounded by a misty wind, remind me, fill all spaces, comfort of freshness, soft tender essence, bestow blessed sameness, deep in the core.

A piece of heaven, recharge, fill, incense surround me, scent dancing, invigorating breeze, simple attention, intertwined, life-giving, comfort, deep awareness, refreshing anima, touch me

Gentle, blowing wind, heard in my ear, sense a blissful captivation, inhale, exhale, clothed and caress my heart, blending, sacred communion, silent gusts, harmonious rising and falling, together, the love that inflames my being

Amen, a flower, sweet fragrance, blossoms welcoming, take in the flowering pear, breathe in, breathe out, the cycle of Ruach, Spirit, Divine presence, walking, breathing, becoming one                                                                 


Susan Strickland teaches Anatomy and Physiology at the College of Dupage.  She has been an associate member of the Felician Franciscan Sisters for almost 30 years.  She is a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church parish council and a Eucharist Minister of Holy Communion for the parish and neighboring hospital.  She is a volunteer at Northwestern Home and Health Hospice (Central Dupage Hospital)  and a minister aide at Glen Oakes Hospital.  She currently is in her fourth  year of study of the bible in the Biblical Institute of Diocese of Joliet (BIDJ) and second year of study at the Christos Center, Tending the Holy Program for spiritual directors.  Photography is her hobby along with 3D puzzles and Zentangling. She resides in Glendale Heights, IL with her husband of 29 years and has four adult children.

Susan also displayed her work in the 2018 Fall Art Show.

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