Sacred Treasure

I have heard
there is gold
beyond
the dollar,
a treasure
where
deep joy
abides
despite the
desperate web
of stories
spun to seize.

I am told
to seek this
fleck of honey
past the irate voices
who squawk
from one channel
of persuasion and
widen my scope
to the holy court
where wholeness
and grace resides
for all.

I learn
this wealth
isn’t found in
unbendable belief
of the left or right,
rather is coaxed
from between
my tears as
I sway gently
to see all angles
of the firm structures
in place.

There,
at the slim pocket of
forty-two degrees,
in the region
of the heart,
a rainbow ribbon
of organic delight
is glimpsed.
Her eyes catch mine
with a gaze of love;
she reassures
“I am here with you.”

I breathe again
for the first time in weeks.


I went to the paper with a marker in my hand and asked for something to be revealed about treasure. The image above is what emerged. At first, I was startled as two figures came forth who seemed to dominate with one another with their bitter stares… and then, there, between the space emerged the graceful gaze. The poem formed from there.

In the book of Luke (11:9), we find the verse: “And I tell you: Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.”

As we begin a new year, the question, “What am I asking for? What am I seeking?” are important inquiries to sit with. Especially as there is much pulling us to lean into the divide, to stay angry and to look for “what’s wrong.”

When the “wrongs” of life become thorns in our side, we have a choice. We can remain angry and go round and round about it. Or, we can lean into the discomfort and ask some reflective questions to see how we can become part of the loving and creative solution.

In Marilyn McEntyre’s book, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, she compels the reader to ask good questions about information we receive from outside sources (p. 60):
“What are my responsibilities as a citizen? As a person of faith? As a consumer? As a leader? As a parent? As an educator? What am I avoiding knowing? Why? What point of view am I protecting? Why? How have I arrived at my assumptions about what sources of information to rely on? What limits my angle of vision? Have I tried to imagine how one might arrive at a different conclusion? How much evidence do I need to be convinced? What kind of persuasion works most effectively for me? How do I accredit or challenge authority?”

All important questions for this groundbreaking time in the world. May you continue to ask innovative questions about what it is you are asking and seeking for the new year. May you reflect upon the treasure you have within and how it can become a bounty of goodness for our world.

Amen.