“Ink” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Ink” introduces the Ninth Week in Pentecost.

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

Wood-pounded, mashed, soaked, dried —paper,
    made white to bear pen’s piercing mark…
    Body—pounded, mashed, soaked, open, is Jesus on that wooden death—
    heart pierced to open the sacred flow.

Ink—it means “to burn.”
Old burnt offerings are no longer needed;
    only the heart aflame will do for God.
Take the open, white space that waits to serve you.
Pause, pen poised for the promptings of God, calling you to be poet and prophet,
    faithful to the peace the Spirit gives.
Let the Spirit shape the fingers as you watch and see the Word become flesh,
    burning the paper—burning the heart.

How does the Word touch you?

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