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Carmel Is to Me



Carmel is a garden where
“The Lord can take His walk”—
With many terraces sporting
Countless species and every type
Of flower, tree, bush, plant,
And grass, all in varied climes—

With some places favoring
Beautiful blooms and flourishing
Vegetation; others wasteland,
With bare dirt and jutting rock, yet
Beautiful in the eye of the beholder,
Their beloved.  Some receive

Too much sun and not enough
Rain, so that the flora pales,
And seems dead.  But when
The autumn rains return,
It takes to itself again the
Emerald glory that it once had.

Everywhere is found crops
Bearing abundant fruit,
Alongside weeds, also abundant.

May the Lord of the harvest,
With His merciful glance,
Transform us all a hundred-,
Sixty-, thirty-, even tenfold.
As once Abraham interceded
For Sodom, may he intercede
For this Garden of Carmel.


Written by Cindy Slieger, OCDS
Cindy is a Secular Discalced Carmelite in the Seattle, WA area.
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