Peaceful Pondering

Pausing on the edge of tomorrow
I allow night’s shades
to clothe me in cool comfort.

Today definitely disappeared
as quickly as it was born
with infantile endeavours
adolescent fears
adult achievement
and maturing marvels.

Soulfully searching
through the silent seconds,
I see God
driving with me through terrible traffic
climbing up and down stairs
listening silently
to myriad conversations
staccato and legato
smiling sweetly
at small surprises,

Inspired by
the generous Almighty
I smile in return
grateful for a gracious God
faithful and forgiving
as the clock happily
tick tocks the time away.

Truly touched by the potter
earthen vessel that I am
I gently inhale the spirit of love
and exhale the toxins of the day
the kaleidoscope of life
flash by in colours deep and dark
slipping into
the box of memories
wrapped with the ribbon of wonder.

Viola Athaide is a student in the Windows of Theology program at Regis College, Toronto. She currently teaches Scripture at her local parish church.

  • Gabrielle Feuvrier
    Posted at 04:10h, 01 October Reply

    wonderful! thank you.

  • Sharon Walters
    Posted at 08:55h, 01 October Reply

    Beautiful! Thank you.

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 09:16h, 01 October Reply

    An inspiring and pleasing touch of gratitude.

    Posted at 09:35h, 01 October Reply

    Pondering peacefully, allowing each word and each vivid image to venture deep into the cave of my heart, I emerged with today’s snippet of an ever-unfolding autobiography enhanced, re-texted. Thanks, Viola. I walk through the day inhaling and exhaling in equal measure … inhaling “the spirit of love” and exhaling “the toxins of the day.” Keep up the great work.

  • Lorraine Majcen
    Posted at 10:38h, 01 October Reply

    Thank you Viola. So beautiful and inspiring. May God continue to bless you.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 12:35h, 01 October Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Rita Coutinho
    Posted at 12:58h, 01 October Reply

    Beautifully written Viola. We are indeed earthern vessels holding a priceless treasure.

  • Tonis
    Posted at 14:25h, 01 October Reply

    Very nice, I am halfway through my day and I had a cup of tea and read your wonderful poem, wonderful, thank you for sharing, tonis.

  • Leanna Obirek
    Posted at 14:56h, 01 October Reply

    That is BEAUTIFUL!!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 11:43h, 02 October Reply

    Ah! A reminder that the potter’s hands are still gently holding us, molding us, caressing us and dwelling within us throughout the day. It called to mind the song Earthen Vessels by John Foley, SJ and the words “we are a treasure, not made of gold, in earthen vessels, wealth untold; one treasure only; the Lord, the Christ, in earthen vessels”. Thank you for the beautiful poem.

  • Lynda Upton
    Posted at 14:01h, 02 October Reply

    Thank you for the refreshing reminder to keep God at the center on all beauty in our world today. So simple, so sweet, and so heart-filled. May God bless you! Lynda Upton of your brother Robin’s parish family.

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 19:12h, 02 October Reply

    Peaceful pondering, indeed. Thank you Viola.

  • Lorella D'Cruz
    Posted at 21:21h, 02 October Reply

    I echo each one of the comments already made. This is a beautiful poem of thanksgiving, inspiring similar reflection in my own soul. Like a previous reader, I will endeavour to inhale “the spirit of love” and exhale “the toxins of the day.” And I do love the imagery of “the box of memories wrapped with the ribbon of wonder.” I can take a lot from this poem in my endeavours to ‘put to bed’ (pardon the pun) my insomnia.

  • Linda Rego
    Posted at 21:33h, 02 October Reply

    Thank you for another thoughtful and mindful add to Ignation. Indeed we are fragile earthen vessels designed by our creator.

  • Jacqui Hubbard
    Posted at 13:54h, 03 October Reply

    Viola, you write so beautifully and touch each of us in a very special way.
    In the midst of renovations which are progressing at a snail’s pace and far from smoothly, your poem reminds me of all that I am grateful for in my life and how easy it is to “exhale” and let the toxins go.
    Thank you my friend.

  • Bonnie azevedo
    Posted at 15:32h, 03 October Reply

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing this with me God Bless you always.

  • Christine Domingo
    Posted at 23:03h, 10 October Reply

    Wow, that is beautiful, Viola. I must go back, re-read and really absorb it. Thank you for sharing it. Love & God Bless.

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