Going Places

(A short poem because the rope on my life has become tight and I want you readers to know that I am going away for the next ten days to Scotland for vacation, and I will not be around a computer at all so I will miss you. That will be followed by another seven days here actually moving furniture across state lines and getting new ID, registering to vote, getting a library card, a park permit, and a dump sticker (in that order). Hmmm, there will probably be a poem in that!)

I want to see
the other side of my ocean,
walk until my brain stops spinning,
listen to stories overheard
at a sidewalk café,
probably in the rain.

I want to pause long enough
(after three days or so),
to settle in the rhythm of away-being,
find a museum or open church
and sit in a vaulted space
where I will not be anxious.

I want to miss people here
(also the dogs)
enough, to value them well
when I return.

All of these plans are contingent
on what God has in mind for me.

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23 Responses to Going Places

  1. Jo says:

    Dear Maren (and Don), right after reading your poem, I read the morning meditation from my favorite monk at the Soc. of St. John the Evangelist out of Cambridge, MA. I send it to you here, as I think it is a wonderful send-off for your trip to the “highlands”. Love, Jo


    We worship God Emmanuel, in all times and in all places. God is with us. The disciples realized they didn’t have to stay on the mountaintop, or to go back to a mountaintop, to be with Jesus. They would be grounded in the light and life and love of Jesus, who was going to stay really present to them always.

    -Br. Curtis Almquist

    • Maren says:

      Thank you so very much for this beautiful blessing send-off. Mind you Don is staying here — this is a long planned trip with three other clergywomen and birthday celebration for one, Marlayna Schmidt.

  2. Jessica McArdle says:

    Safe travels, Maren, we will miss you.

  3. Salam Tims says:

    Bon voyage and a safe journey there and back again!

  4. Rose Petronella says:

    I Love this poem, Maren. Thank you for all the poems you have given us. I pray safe travels for you and deep rest. I look forward to receiving whatever poems you have for us when you return. 💕

    • Maren says:

      You are so very welcome. Thank you so much for reading. I hope to write and sketch and then the challenge will be to decipher my handwriting.

  5. Joyce Ray says:

    Have a wonderful and restful vacation. Vaulted spaces are indeed peaceful. Of course, voting and reading are at the top of your return list! So happy you’re not moving far!

    • Maren says:

      Thank you for the good wishes. This afternoon! I can’t quite believe it. And, traveling with three clergywomen, I leave Don tp continue the packing.

  6. dabar96 says:

    Traveling mercies, and grace abounding for your adventures! We will do our best to keep the interweb stew stirred in your absence.

  7. Nancy Donovan says:

    Beautifully expressed ❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


  8. Wendi Burns says:

    Travel mercies. Hope you can relax and renew!

  9. Debra Fontaine says:

    Dear Maren,

    You may not remember me…I had submitted some things to you from my teaching in China for your Gifts in Open Hands books. I love your writing and often use your Communion liturgy in my services.

    I just read your post this morning and am intrigued…I am also leaving for Scotland on August 16 for a week long retreat on Iona with John Philip Newell and then on to Italy where I have rented an apartment for two weeks or so. I have been doing interim ministry among other things and am now going through a divorce after 48 years.

    I can relate to the rope being tight…are you also leaving NH?

    I would love to be in touch upon your return if you feel like chatting. In the meantime, I wish you every blessing on your vacation and hope you feel nourished and renewed.

    Grace and blessings, Rev. Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine

    debrapallatto@gmail.com debrapallatto@gmail.com debbie@belikebrit.org debbie@belikebrit.org

  10. kclerwin says:

    Blessings, Maren. It sounds lovely!! May God’s gentle, shimmering light surround you and guide you in new spaces of openness, awareness, and joy. Catherine

  11. Have a wonderful time. And rest in Him.

  12. Elaine Bolitho says:

    Blessings as you travel – relax and rejuvenate in God who will be with you as you travel around the curve of God’s creation though the vaulted heavens and into beautiful built vaulted spaces. Have fun too!

  13. Many blessings for the trip and the move.

  14. ahuntca says:

    may the time in Scotland prepare you for your transition to a nnew place and may God’s plans for you settle you in a new better fitting new life… blessiings!

    • Maren says:

      I believe that the travel has done so and I believe that these next three days moving may be busy but will also be full with a change that is meant., Thank you.

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