Poetry Contest Winner

November 11, 2010 By: admin Category: Poetry

Dear God of Small Things

by Judy Ray

Every day I think of writing to you,
but you have many details to deal with
and my letter may be too small a thing.

I would thank you for the green and blue scent
of rosemary, for feathery cassia,
for sudden brief opulence of red-torch
cactus bloom. All these redeem the desert’s
harshness to one from another landscape.
I would write of the birdsongs that outsing
city traffic, a dog’s understanding
of routine, the bursting smiles of children.

And then I would ask if it is a small
enough thing for you to make a mirror
for us. It can be of purest silvered
glass or hammered tin or calm deep water,
and will reflect ourselves not as our selves
but as those others we strive to be,
outshining the shadow selves between.

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6 Comments to “Poetry Contest Winner”

  1. pamela wright says:

    beautiful, very beautiful.

  2. Wow – this is a really beautiful and powerful poem. thanks Judy! and congratulations

  3. that was beautiful. truly. thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Wow! You are a really good writer! That was beautiful! You have some mad skills! :)

  5. Rebecca S says:

    Please forgive me – I should have posted this sooner. I was so touched by the simple honesty and humbled quiet of the poem that I immediately shared it with friends and family. I reread it every so often, and at times it almost brings a tear to my eyes. It’s so beautifully written that it could easily become a daily affirmation. Thank you so much for this poem! Brightest Blessings…


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