Elizabeth Cunningham

Volume II Issue II: Earth, Spirit, Society

Section Two: Spirit
 
Elizabeth Cunningham
 
…vanish without a trace
 
this is my church, to be outside at the sunrise
with the rest of the congregation: spiders, webs,
damp earth, unfurling plants, animals stirring, birds
 
there is no formal worship, there is only form
giving praise, giving wings, giving rise, giving eyes
to what was and will be before and beyond form
 
what must I give to attend this church? attention
to the oriole lighting in the new-leafed tree
to the flowerets fallen down, red on the grey dock
 
what about contending with my fellow humans
loving my neighbor as myself and doing good?
all these lives are my neighbors, this is my neighborhood
 
have I abandoned my kind, am I an idle
idol-worshipper, loving the earth more than god?
here is my service: to become still as the pond
 
on a windless dawn, a path made of rising mist
then when you look at me you will see your true face
your footsteps will be light, vanish without a trace
 
 
 
Elizabeth Cunningham is a Fellow Emeritus of The Black Earth Institute. She is best known for The Maeve Chronicles, an award-winning series of novels featuring the feisty Celtic Magdalen who is no one’s disciple. She lives in New York State’s Hudson Valley.
 
 
 

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Volume II Issue II:
 
Earth, Spirit, SocietyFull Table of ContentsCreditsEditor’s Note

Section One: Earth – Patricia MonaghanLaDonna Azziza RedmondPatricia HemmingerElyse Guttenberg
Mike CorumLyn LifshinLinda HoganShea DanielsBrenda PetersonTricia KnollElizabeth Burk
David MurphyWilda MorrisSusan M. BotichSusan DeFreitasJohn FitzpatrickJudy Brackett
Karla Linn MerrifieldJanet SmithRichard RobbinsCait JohnsonMelissa Tuckey

Section Two: Spirit – Patricia MonaghanPatricia Spears JonesLarry StapletonKaren Morris
Miriam Robbins DexterMel KenneBee SmithStarr GoodeJohn BriggsElizabeth Cunningham
Seamus CashmanBetz KingMary DixonSusan LittleFiona MarronScott Hightower
Muadhnait LoideánNané Ariadne JordanJudith Roche

Section Three: Society – Patricia MonaghanPatrick CookSiobhán DaffyJan Levine Thal
Dick Romeo MatshabaJanice D. SoderlingWes RehbergLauren CampLiam Heneghan
Susan RossWilliam DoreskiJeffrey Betcher

Closing Poem – Patricia Monaghan