God’s Hum

That’s God’s hum you hear
when everything is silent

When you snap the light out and
lie down in the dark

God’s hum from far away and
closely near

Along rose arbors and starlight
in endless sentences of pure sound

in total silence

It moved Noah beyond the barren plain
to see a ship in the mountainside and

build it in the air

It opened canyons to those 1800’s
landscape painters to see

golden waterfalls in blue cliffs falling into
green valleys charged with light

The hum that’s moved us all beyond our
first crawl to our final steps

as we disappear in the side of an eggshell
hill to the crystal clarity of trumpets and then

to a silence where only God’s hum is
heard and it is all form and all

formlessness and radiance on water
and rippling waves of air

more audible than sound itself
love whispering in our ear

(From Invention of the Wheel)

Categories: Poems