Living Like a Monk…

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I Am Going To Start Living Like a Monk – an exercise* in poetry from Christine Paintner’s book, The Artist’s Rule

(*The exercise: Take the opening line “I am going to start living like a monk…” and write your own poem, borrowing the first line from another poet and building on it in your own way.)

 

I am going to start living like a monk,

Embracing solitude as a long lost love,

Counting my steps and measuring moments

Like grains of rice that tumble to a pot.

I will absorb You in every fiber of my being,

And welcome You in each part of my day.

 

I am going to start living like an artist,

Finding life a full-color canvas to be explored,

Chastening words to the task of description

And imagery to the work of the heart.

I will uncover the beautiful and celebrate its shape and form

With thoughtful expressions of hope.

 

I am going to start living like a creative,

Infusing artistry, story and design into my call,

Bringing to life and light what many reckoned dead,

Dancing with the angelic host to be among them.

I will present the unthought thoughts

And show the world new patterns and precepts,

Never settling for what has been,

But always pushing for what God is calling us to be.

 


CGF

 

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