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1. Quiet yourself and imagine dropping
down into the dark abundant well of your
soul. Take a few moments to feel that deep place and become aware of God's presence there.

2. Silently read the poem completely
through once.

3. Read the poem out loud.

4. Slowly read the poem again silently,
savoring the phrases, the words, the feel,
the taste of it.

5. On a blank piece of paper or on a page in your journal, complete the following:

a. The first image that arose in me as I read this poem was...

b. My immediate feelings after reading this poem are...

c. The reality that has been unearthed for me by reading this poem is...

d. If I were to paint a picture about this poem I would include my work of art...

e. If I were to add a line of my own somewhere in this poem it would be...

6. Read the poem out loud again, but this time as a prayer to God.

7. Sit in silence to see if God has a response to make to you.

8. End with your own prayer or poem of thanksgiving.

noah's nightmare
by Brad Russell

category 5 swirl

abstract colors, stats on a map

come shrieking and deluge

blunt force trauma battering a beautiful beach head

surging ocean, rain and tears wash into one

superdome ark

30,000 souls 2 x 2

rooftop pleas heavenward

whirling angels

funeral barges

who are the righteous?

affluent who flow and flee
any man doing what he can

who are the wicked?

poor with no place to go
oil company looters
posting record profits
politicos with no plan

rain falls on them all

we accept you don’t stop these things

but please help us go forward

come together

get what can be gotten

raise one another up

resurrect the submerged good

swirl up category 5 compassion,

not priced-less pity

we will never stop believing you care

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