I’ve shared previously of my love for Christine Valters-Paintner’s wonderful website “Abbey of the Arts”:

This poem represents my contribution to her latest Poetry Party. Come, join in the fun!

Shine, like the brightness of one’s forehead

Where things thought become things seen.


Shine, like the eyes of a child

Newly opened to a world of worlds.


Shine, like rays of heat

From the sidewalk of our common contentments.


Shine out like shook foil

As Hopkins reminds us.


Shine, like our righteousness at noonday

As the prophet reminds us.


Shine, where all else

Has refused such invitation.


Shine, until to shine

Is all that is either possible or necessary.


Shine, as the one before us


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