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.