Message on the Mountain

Message on the Mountain by Ashlyn McKayla Ohm Too trite, too terse, too stale, too small—ideas dangled in the air, yet I could hold none in my hands. I needed something to write, some prose to pin to paper. But again and again, my frantic fumblings ended with empty hands. As always happens, doubt stalkedContinue reading “Message on the Mountain”

Mining the Moments for Joy

Mining the Moments for Joy by Sue Fulmore This morning I noticed the ghostly image, as the sun traced the outline of my window upon the sloped ceiling of my writing room. The edges were indistinct, soft. Last night the sun slanted across our kitchen table, haloing the ordinary bowl of soup and freshly madeContinue reading “Mining the Moments for Joy”

A Season to Love

A Season to Love by Jodie McCallie Everything is brown and gray The earth, the trees, the sky It’s the winter of despair It seems to go on without end Until, as if overnight The camelia blooms victoriously A burst of hope in pink and red And another day The Japanese magnolia triumphs Though branchesContinue reading “A Season to Love”

A Turn in the River

A Turn in the River by Melanie Weldon-Soiset We visit caverns, meadows and reefs after this— a turn in the river that leads us to sleep. The gates to these landscapes unlock behind our eyelids; rest is the key that opens them. These places mark their own music: a symphony in rhythm with our rapidContinue reading “A Turn in the River”

Sweat and Sacred Sunrise

Sweat and Sacred Sunrise by Leslie McLeod When I head out to the gym in the morning, the sky is still dark, the stars fighting for the last word with the approaching dawn. I don’t really like to exercise, but I like the feeling a good workout gives me. So I crawl out of bed,Continue reading “Sweat and Sacred Sunrise”

The Spiritual Practice of Gardening

The Spiritual Practice of Gardening by Jody L. Collins “The seed catalogues are a further promise of warm days to come. I class them as fiction and love to read them. Oh, the beautiful roses and tall spikes of delphinium and the flowering bushes-not to mention the carrots as big as telephone poles and theContinue reading “The Spiritual Practice of Gardening”

Our One True Constant

Our One True Constant by Rochelle Bauer Nineteen years old and ready to take on the world. I was invincible and had the world at my fingertips. I thought I knew all I needed to know to get through life. Oh, how naïve I was. There was so much to come—so much heartache, so manyContinue reading “Our One True Constant”

We Shall Endure

We Shall Endure by Gloria Hsu I don’t know how to deal with this pain so the pain deals with me. By overtaking my body in fits of sobbing that come from somewhere deeper than I can reach myself, a hidden place known only to the pain itself. Only pain itself can tolerate it orContinue reading “We Shall Endure”

New Rhythms

New Rhythms by Sonia Abraham Among the bare winter-worn trees, a flock of starlings lifts from their roosting spot. They loom across the sky like a thin black lace veil. They change directions, forming new shapes with every movement. The flock contracts into a heart, then stretches across the sky in a long, sinewy band,Continue reading “New Rhythms”

Silent Guardians

Silent Guardians by Lucy Allen In the dawn’s gray light of winter, they stand at the edge of the pond. Tall and white, I catch the sight of the hardwoods; now bare. They seem to stretch from heaven to earth, how the scene implores me to stare. As I study this picture of dark andContinue reading “Silent Guardians”