book II: chapter 12-15

Be still before the LORD; wait for God.” (Psalm 37:7)

Clearing The Debris

At first, discursive imaging
Helps her to focus on the Word;
Like soil primed for a soaking,
Her mind absorbs what it has heard.

In time, the soil saturates;
The rain can’t soak in as it did:
It puddles and accumulates,
Forming a lake clear and placid.

In cool waters, still and clear,
The light of heaven enters deep;
Her soul is stilled as God draws near,
And her senses succomb to sleep.

With soul all stilled and heart set free,
Her images become debris.

May the Lord of heaven permeate our minds in meditation and prepare us to receive the light of contemplation.

(c) Paul Buis, 2003