Excerpt from Grateful Conversations by Susan Rogers


The following poem appears in our Fall/Winter 2018 issue. The single issue is available for purchase in print or digital format, or by subscription.

Everything we have we’re given
in love to use in love, in grace.
There is nothing we alone have written.

We are but a conversation
of light. Through this exchange we trace
everything we have. We’re given

sour and sweet, lemon, raisin
and grain to bind them into place—
There is nothing we alone have written.

We eat cakes but have forgotten
their origin. We have erased
everything. We have; we’re given.

We look. We laugh. We love. We listen.
We welcome gifts we embrace.
Yet there is nothing we alone have written.

SUSAN ROGERS is a practitioner of Sukyo Mahikari—a spiritual practice promoting positivity. Her poetry is included in numerous anthologies and journals including, Kyoto Journal, TiferetSaint Julian’s Press. Watch “The Origin is One” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzPA9zeC0Qc

She was interviewed on KPFK by Lois P. Jones and nominated for a Pushcart in 2013 and 2017.

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