from Laughter Near the Edge of Heaven
The journey begins
And the day God breathed upon your still life,
stirring into being the green leaf and the flower,
bud upon the branch and light upon your soul.
Here you felt the earth’s air
on your petals and your leaves,
and squinted into sunlight,
gazing high for heaven
until you felt the gardener’s hand
gently turning soil and soul,
and nurturing you, bud in radiant sun.
Cascading rain absorbed in warm earth turning,
heaven of fragrance.
What is that sound in the wind and dazzling light?
Oh, the sweet sound of your delight in God.
Sometimes it is like
the sound of running laughter.