Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?

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Poetic Responses to Psalms and Scripture

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?

Who shall stand in his holy place?

The man with clean hands and pure heart,

who desires not worthless things.


                    Ps. 24:3-4



My seven-year old son climbs the roof,

a short step out his window

and thirty feet down,

to claim what birds reside in.


He certainly knows

when I discover him,

fear will reign, a thunderstorm.


But for him sky opens

like the door to a room of dragons

light on the wing,


not his own small room,

walls cluttered with stickers,

milk stains on the floor.


Once, his thrill

was the kitchen sink, to climb

the step-stool on his own,

reach the soap,

stroke his small silken hands.


Now he braces the walls of the house.


No matter how I plead,

his face beams, faithful to joy.


No matter


how willful I am,

he won’t come down.


-- By:  Ms. Karen Jessee, OP - - a member of the Dominican Laity, St. Mary Magdelene Group in Raleigh, NC.  She writes and teaches, living with her husband and children near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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