Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Gears” introduces the Seventh Week in Pentecost.
He was a brave man who took me on in my later years to learn the guitar.
The music in my spirit grabbed all at once at the fingers,
making them spasm in tightenings and loosenings.
With an accent from Italy, tinged with impatience he blurted:
“You’ve got to practice slowly. The movements of the hand
are like many tiny gears that must meet and mesh perfectly
so the music’s whole can happen.”
Magnify the gaze at the many movements of your heart’s hands
that freeze in fear, or ring with rage.
Look at your frenzied heart through the glass of God’s Word
till you can see in large space, just how to move.
Then, with joyful ease, your soul will sing the music that magnifies the Lord.