Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletOctober 20, 2019

Earth Concerns News

Stillness by Sister Mary Ellen Putnam, CSJ

by Sister Mary Ellen Putnam, CSJ



The birds have gone,

Journeying to their

Winter nesting place;

Their morning song

The dawn.

Only stillness.


Ice crystals fall

Into snowflakes.

No two are alike.

They just free-fall

Into a soft, white blanket

Of stillness.


Oh, yes,

The air is crisp.

And the sun is high.

But, have I noticed?

Will I stop for just

One little minute to

Reverence winter stillness?


(December 2004)