Poems to Reflect on God’s Goodness

how i see God

being silent

i listen

these two

acts are 


and the 



then i see


i (can)’t


(with) my

eyes or hear

with (my) mind or…


over coffee

i am listening

to the silence 

of the morning

drinking coffee

thinking thoughts

of things not seen

i reach to return

the cup to saucer

on the table

before me

with my other hand

i reach for the napkin

my instinct

is to wipe my lip’s

drips of coffee

that flow down

the side of the cup

but in this moment

i realize

my cup running

over is a blessing

looking through the wind-

ow i see more 

and more as i 

hear Him speak

beyond the breeze

streaks stroke my cheeks

i reach to wipe

but instead breathe.

About Adrienne N. Wartts

Wartts received her M.A. in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Her poetry has appeared in the journals Diverse Voices Quarterly, PEN, and Reverie, as well as the poetry anthologies Encounters and Ocean Voices. She is currently a writer at the University of Massachusetts. For Wartts’s photography portfolio, visit her website.

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