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My Protean Faith

April 16, 2011
By cali7flower BRONZE, Mabeton, Georgia
cali7flower BRONZE, Mabeton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
— Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)

My faith is a garden
on a cracked granite stone
where the seeds of Arden
have already been sown

with three turtle boulders
and a red bonsai tree
hunched over my shoulder
in quiet harmony

where soft murmuring brooks
spill transmundane stories
into child-laden nooks
of great golden glories

My faith is seven beads
strung on eternal string
with earnest, whispered pleads
heralded on a wing

one mantra, my comfort,
a thousand times I’ve said
my eyes I avert from the
temptation of the dead

solemnly I await
in silent confession
under a mosque ornate
laden with expression.


My faith is deep incense,
a majestic teal smoke,
sedating my suspense
to Him, pray I, invoke!

heaving, I lay prostrate
beneath a wooden cross
my mind a slave to fate
under the dread of loss

a sole candle I light
to ban obscurity,
and murmur sacred rites
alone for purity.

The author's comments:
I wrote this piece to portray the fluidity of religion and to promote its tolerance. I believe we all seek the same goal in the quest of faith, only each person walks a different journey to achieve that desire.

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