Annual original poem honors Quiet Park dedication

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

We are so fortunate to have our very own resident poet as part of the *cino community! For several years running, Elisabeth Wenger has been writing a poem especially for our annual Huss Future Festival. This year, the Quiet Park dedication provided the perfect occasion for her beautiful word-smithing:

As a bee going into a flower
for what it can find only there,
I go into the quiet place.

The bright bee, golden as a tiny god,
disappearing down the velvet throat
of silence singing.

I may wander there as a bee,
or butterfly, intent upon anything
and nothing, and I may keep
my peace, blooming my face
towards anybody else.

I will greet each flower and leaf
with a bumbling caress,
use my hands,
analyze nothing,
until the silence seeps in
and quiets the buzz inside my brain,
poor busy hive!

I go into the quiet place
And I may leave myself behind,
becoming myself a quiet place,
as the bee, entering the flower,
becomes somehow no longer a bee
for a time,
but the flower.

Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.