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Barbara Mitchell

About this Christian Poet:
Barbara's poetry has been published in approximately 200 periodicals, including publications in Europe and Asia, and her work has been translated into Braille for the blind as well as many other languages. Barbara has also acted as an associate editor of a poetry anthology and has judged many poetry competitions. She has twice won first place for her poetry in the Canadian Church Press Awards, an annual award for the best Christian poem appearing in the Canadian press.

Holy Comforter

You have moved into me
       quietly
               carefully
spooled across my thoughts with delicate maneuvers
ladled your warmth into the palm of my hand
You have held me speechless
with the pooling of psalms at my feet
prismed me in the light of Your laughter

You have entered into my place of holy
graced the altar of my heart with God's flame
burning bright in Your eye
gathered ashes from the hearth of my pain
and scattered them wide to retreating winds
You have moved into me
       so quietly
                   so carefully
when the black hour comes
and I lean into the dark
I can hear You breathing
        beneath
                    my skin

Copyright©1994 by Barbara Mitchell