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  • Chris Williams

Thursday 2nd July – Icon of the Day

Alive to the thrill Of the wild.

Meet the dawn On a mountain.

Wash your face In the morning dew.

Feel the favour of the earth.

Go out naked in the wind, Your skin Almost Aeolian.

With the music inside, Dance like there is no outside.

Become subtle enough To hear a tree breathe.

Sleep by the ocean, Letting yourself unfurl Like the reeds that swirl Gradually on the sea floor.

Try to watch a painting from within: How it holds what it never shows.

The mystery of your face, Showing what you never see.

See your imagination dawn Around the rim of the world.

Feel the seamless silk of the ocean Womb you in ancient buoyancy.

Feel the wild imprint of surprise When you are taken in by your lover’s eyes.

Succumb to warmth in the heart Where divine fire glows.

‘Axioms of Wildness’ by John O’Donohue


Image: Ciucaș Peak, Romania - July 2016 - photo by David Marcu


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for June 2020, today we pray for those who bear the responsibility of leadership among the nations of the world.


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