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A poem inspired by spring at the Woods


Did Trees stand tall at your arrival?
Did Wind whisper a welcome in your ear?
Did Chill awaken your senses?
Did Presence warm your heart?
Did Quiet grant you peacefulness?
Did Angels sing you to sleep?
Did Blossoms rouse your resilience?
Did Greening promise new life?
Did Bells chime with inspiration?
Did Future shed light on the path?
Did Her-story propel you forward?
Did She enliven your soul?
Did you soak it all in to the well of your heart,
Reserves to draw for the journey?

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Sheila Galvin

Sheila Galvin

Sheila Galvin is a Providence Associate with the Sisters of Providence and is a 1987 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, and is an intensive intervention, special education teacher in the New Albany-Floyd County, Indiana, school district.

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  1. Avatar Will Hine on April 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A wonderful poem. It captures the “Woods” and the Season so very well.

  2. Avatar Lori Strawn on April 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, Sheila!

  3. Avatar Maria Price on April 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Love, love, love this poem! The Woods offers these timeless gifts. Yes, yes, yes.

  4. Avatar S. Denise on April 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Sheila – powerful and evocative poem. I believe the response to all the questions would be yes.

  5. Avatar Donna Butler on April 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    what a lovely poem! Thank you!!!!

  6. Avatar Paula Damiano, SP on April 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    thank you! delightful…

  7. Avatar Sara Bennett on April 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    What a beautiful poem to begin this day. It brought my heart home to the Woods – thank you!

  8. Avatar Carol Nolan, S.P. on April 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Sheila, this is so beautiful; thank you!going to pass it on to Providence Associate Emma Contreras, who will come to the Woods this summer for the first time.

  9. Avatar Jane Fischer on April 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

    This is it…..I have read and reread and read it again.
    You have given us a trip to The Woods without leaving home.
    This will be my new night prayer.
    Thank you, Sheila!

  10. Avatar Charles Fisher on May 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Thank you very much for the inspirations!
    Beauty here at The Woods.
    Beauty comes to me here,
    Wherever Presence.

  11. Avatar Cathy Dearing on May 17, 2018 at 12:00 am


    I loved your poem! I liked the series of questions you pose in each line that calls for my own reflection and response. “Yes” to all the gifts I receive in The Woods and take with me as “reserves” when I go.

    Thank you Sheila


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