Photo of a wine glass sitting on a glass table at a friend’s house on Easter Sunday.

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Comments from readers

Donna wrote:
Another gem, Danny. It's so uplifting getting these prayer poems. Great to read and reflect. Thanks!

Betty (an art teacher) wrote:
The visual of the wine glass format for you prayer doesn't elude me! I just read a diamante poem (the first of this diamond-shaped poem that I've written) to my book group last night. We were celebrating National Poetry Month. Cheers to you, my poet/friend!

Dennis wrote:
Nice to see the old typesetter working his magic once more. [Author's note: Dennis remembers when I had a typesetting business in Austin, Texas. For many years, he and I published the Book of Days Weekly Photographic Calendar. He is currently interviewing and photographing survivors of the Terezin concentration camp. See: ]

Anne wrote:
This photo prayer took my breath away. I would love to buy a copy of the photo with the prayer. Is that possible? Your work keeps going deeper and deeper. With thanks -- and admiration. [Author's note: As for Anne’s expressed admiration, I have to say that much of my creative process is sub-conscious and serendipitous. That makes me hesitant to claim credit for much of it. In this case, I started writing about one thing, then got this brainstorm that times of contentment also carry an implicit invitation to move on. That brainstorm resulted in a few lines, which I then expanded on while watching the movie “Clear and Present Danger” with Harrison Ford, a movie with lots of gunfire and explosions. The following morning I revised the prayer again. It was only when I was posting it to this website that I realized the line breaks could be easily modified to take the shape of a chalice, and only then did it come to me that the poem was about communion. I wish I could say I started out writing a poem/prayer about communion, but my creativity has little to do with intention or stated goals. I, too, am impressed with the final product. How did I do that? Where did that come from? It is mysteries like this that confirm my faith.]

Betty went on to write:
Thanks for your additional comment. That's how creativity works, I think. One thing leads to another, various experiences (even the mundane) form connections, you notice, remember, imagine. I doubt that it is ever a straight line to a planned goal! That feels like serendipity and that's the beauty of it.


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