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Richard L. Provencher

About this Christian Poet:
I enjoy canoeing and spending time in the great outdoors, God's gift to us. Sitting in the canoe, thinking about life and seeing the natural beauty around Lake Mattatall, 25 Km from Truro, is so refreshing. I spent much time up there for a number of years.

The woods are where I go for spiritual refreshment. It has been my pleasure to have hitch-hiked from Rouyn, Quebec to Vancouver and back, in 1963, a distance of 6,600 miles. I have since driven that route several times. We are so blessed to live in such a scenic country.

Craning my neck to see the fullness of the Rockies, snowball fighting with my son at the Columbia Ice Fields, dipping my fingers in freezing Lake Louise, and snow-shoeing through crunching snow to a winter shack in the Cobequid Hills of Nova Scotia; all form part of God's plan. And my wife, Esther and I are so thankful to play a small part in it.

Life's Spiritual Banquet

Our canoe discovers a feast of pleasure
its sleek hull an arrow
piercing the stillness of God's plan
reflections shunted
from stately trees where cozy cottages
circle like a ring of jewels

this lake created from cups of freshwater
a sanctuary from grasping
life, woes and errs of human contact
left behind. We step up to Nature's
table and absorb vegetables
of beauty
birthing a baby-blue sky.

Ripples nudge against
our fiberglas prow, thrill of a loon's lament
slap of beaver tail
upon the pond
the curious stare of a deer.

We hold firmly
to these precious moments—

dip of cherry wood paddle, sureness of
J-strokes moving us forward
to future feasts.

                   Copyright©2002 by Richard L. Provencher