from your mouth to God’s ear – Yiddish saying

by Shauna Haugen

Listen to from your mouth to God's ear - Read by Shauna Haugen

An eroded shell resting on sand
reveals two interior chambers
facing each other, quietly.
Recall the Little Prince and the fox?
sitting together side by side
listening intently
as we did yesterday
soul to soul
you gently invited
moving your chair
next to me, knee to knee
hazel eyes to pond green
you hold my gaze, hold my hand,
moment by moment we meet.
I come to rest in your witness, rest
fully, softening into our meeting
nestled as tenderly as my sacrum
in my lover’s cradling hand.
Nebulous discontent dissolves
murky angst fades
restless agitation calms
as breath flowing easily
finds hidden hollows, lingering
shy recesses tucked deep within.
I fill, unfold, open
utterly content
with so little,
so much.


— Arleen Bradley

This Poem Appears In


Vol. 28 | No. 1 | MARCH – 2022


Shauna Haugen

writes poetry inspired by nature, land, light; by the senses, feelings and relationships; by our fragile and fleeting life on this earth. Shauna’s process involves following an image or moment, exploring the everyday and the mysterious. Shauna’s poems have appeared in various publications and exhibitions.


Arleen Bradley

has been a Spiritual Director since 2020.  She received a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Direction from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.  She combines her enjoyment of contemplative photography with the Spirituality of Gratitude by posting one photo a day of something she would typically take for granted. Arleen was a participant in the SDI Contemplative Photography webinar series.


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