FR. CHRIS RENZ

Professor of Liturgical Studies and Science & Theology and Director of Institutional Research, DSPT

 

Distance

Make yourself a room in your mind.

Catherine of Siena

The open space in my yard

for planting and nurturing a few small things

is its own shelter–

            boundaries carefully set

with fence and driveway.

But you are innocent of distancing rules, and,

with cover of dark, transgress and steal

your own portion–

            tender leaves of tomato plants

            nibbles of baby zucchini

and all, yes all, of the rosebuds.

To speak your name would create a distance.

To sit in silence, daily,

Would build a room

where anger could soften

and I could become grateful,

assured that each may have what is needed.

 
 
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