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Poem & Pic of the Month: January 2015

Every month, I post one of my poems (paired with one of my pictures), sharing its origin and some of its essence. Here is my Poem & Pic of the Month for January 2015:

Your Story

by Patrick Bishop

You have a story to tell

It is singular, special, all your own

No one else can tell it,

which is why it's so important you do

There will be joys and sorrows,

discoveries and lessons learned

Moments when you felt God

Others when you feel alone

Tears will fall in the telling

because you are in the sandbox of the soul

vulnerability draws the affection from beyond

into your heart space

where we can barely stand

the love gaze

of that which calls us

You have a story to tell

One that connects you to me

One that reveals our humanity

Here and now

Specific, yet universal

Your story opens a window

for God to experience her creation

A space for us to be one


This poem came when I was sitting in my family room in December 2013. I had just finished submitting grades for the fall semester and I was reflecting on how wonderfully different people are. As a side note, I read this to my PREL 101 students on the last day of class in December 2014. They were-are an awesome group and I was so impressed with their ability to connect and be vulnerable. A poem is fun to write, but it's even better when it's shared.

The Picture

The picture is just a beautiful shot of Lake Michigan during a camping trip in late 2000s. The combination of the sun, waves, wind and clouds was stunning.

© 2015 by Patrick Bishop; all rights reserved.

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