FR. CHRIS RENZ
Professor of Liturgical Studies and Science & Theology and Director of Institutional Research, DSPT
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.