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Poetry: A tree in winter

tree-edit-webIn the wintertime of my soul
barren branches stand stark
clothed in heaviness of ice
bestowed by winter night storm.

But then comes morning
lavishing warm, bright sun
on my hard-stiff self
revealing resplendent prisms
glistening grace-fullness
untold beauty
hidden in the night.

I bask long in this Light
holding on so tenaciously,
to this moment of Transfiguration.

Reluctant, resistant am I
to let go
to allow myself to become
liquid in this Light.

So unaware in the releasing
Life-giving water will flow
Seep deep into the ground of my being
transforming my winter soul
into the vibrant beauty of springtime.







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Sister Donna Butler

Sister Donna Butler

Sister Donna Butler has been a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for more than 60 years. Sister Donna has served in elementary education, parish ministry, diocesan social justice, as well as the Congregation’s liturgy office, archives department and social justice outreach. She also administered as the director of the Providence Volunteer Ministry. Sister Donna currently volunteers in outreach with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students.

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  1. Avatar Peg Benson on February 22, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Such beauty, your photo and poetry! Thank you for sharing your artistry.

  2. Avatar Jennifer Calvert on February 22, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Wow! Such beautiful poetry. I was able to picture, in my mind, the transformation you so eloquently speak of- from Winter to Spring. Your words evoke such vivid imagery to the reader. Just beautiful, Sister Donna, absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing your gift with us.

  3. Avatar Marilyn Therese on February 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Donna, I enjoy your poetry, but especially when nature is involved as I am a deep nature lover so it touches my heart. Thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn Therese

  4. Avatar Janice Smith on February 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful expression of your soul.

  5. Avatar Judy Colby on February 27, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Donna, To understand God we have to begin in nature and you certainly understand this. BEAUTIFUL!!!

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