By Marc R. Boulais*
[as it appeared in the July 2011 Newsletter]
Artist ~ Suzette Boulais
The summer’s stillness of arresting heat;
That makes you lie down in lush green pastures
To marvel at the passing menagerie of heaven’s clouds
Bringing perfect peace and no distractive sounds.
May you daydream of Vikings with horned helmets,
Pirate ships and floppy capped elves; Puffy dragons
Passing overhead in a lazy afternoon parade led
By the bearded lady of the circus; gives rise to
Long lost imagination and contemplative delight.
A cacophony of crickets, cicadas and mosquitoes
Kamikazes with their buzz of surprise attack
On vulnerable arms and legs. And the fourth of
July lightning bug daredevil pilots with their
Pulsating beauty and aerial dogfights
In flashing blazes of glory.
Add the mystery of a sudden summer evening
Display of blood-chilling thunder and fireworks
Of Greek gods of mythology hurling their
Thunderbolts of lightning across the agitated night sky.
The tears of God’s falling rain soften the earth
In a rejuvenation of hope that each living plant or
Person becomes a personification
Of His non-judgmental Love.
May your thirst for God be as single-minded
As the spawning salmon who overcomes any
Obstacle of opposing currents and fearlessly
Jumps the rapids of self-comfort, self-concern,
Self-preservation and self-reliance with a
Goal-oriented determination to escape the
Life-destroying clutches of the grizzly bear of self-pity.
Where is your path, O’ Lord that I may walk with you
And forever dwell in your heart’s arms?
“Walk in the path of delight, my Child, and dance for joy.”
– by Marc R. Boulais
* Marc R. Boulais is a serious student of Life who is committed to learning, living and practicing universal life truths. Having been raised Roman Catholic, it is clear that his short story Deep Waters includes imagery and references that reflect his strong Christian background. But Marc is also a student of other disciplines. He studies A Course in Miracles, the works of Joseph Campbell, the teachings of native American Indian Fools Crow, as well as the poetic writings of Rumi and Lao-Tzu, to name a few. According to Marc, all spokes of the wheel lead to the center and that center is God.
Painting Artist: Suzette Boulais is a student of Course In Miracles and co-facilitates a Sunday morning Course in Miracles class in Peoria, Illinois. More of Suzette’s artwork can be found on her website at http://www.suzetteboulais.com/