On Effects And Butterflies

My wings are wet, and yet I fan them
Out on space before me
Drying in their moment seized
Prepared for flight and force

Into the sky I lunge now piercing
Air that waits above me
Drawing in its flaming breath
Struck red by blood of sunrise

With a heave t’ward lust and light
Wing with force and thrust
Cuts now into the misty morning
Lifting me into it

Repercussions of my stroke
They say can bring a stormfront
Weeks from now in southern fields
Of water and of lightning

This quick effect, or slow it seems,
Was never in my vision
But knowing that my thrust had force
Enables me to land

RELEASES FEB. 8, 2022 | Brazos press

Sheltering Mercy helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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