Holy Land 2023 (Seyi)

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the land.”

On this second day of Pilgrimage, we spent the day traveling around the Sea of Galilee, from Capernum to Magdala. And I intentionally made time to write poetry before dinner. The above photo is of the chapel at the Mount of The Beatitudes. I sat in the garden area and wrote a poem while facing the sea. (And then scurried back to the bus; I guess I got a quick morning run in after all.) Then a mosaic in a chapel at the Magdala site inspired a second poem that I started on the bus and finished while facing the sea in a courtyard with a glass of wine.


Linger my thoughts adorned in fears, for I am lost in worry of

Moments who are yet to come near. Then I found my heart on

A stairway up to the seat of Beatitudes. Wandering winds pull

My hair forward to kiss the sun. And skeleton branches stand

Tall, reaching for blessings from The One. In all our spirits live

A purpose to be in God’s love. I breathe in dreams of hope at the

Mount that hills won. The Sea of Galilee calls me to sit

In silence and remember that I am scattered before its dawn.


Raise me up, Oh Lord, from my sea of troubles, so that I

May feel light in my darkness for days. When water springs up

Doubts falling from fickle clouds, trees claw for their past in

Forgotten soil. Lift up my spirit from this rainbow storm

And we shall bleed healing oil from olive trees. Hold my heart

With your Truth of Tranquility. And I shall lose my tears

In the Sea of Galilee.

2 thoughts on “Holy Land 2023 (Seyi)

  1. seyi, these are palpable poems. i love that you’re making a point of writing. what a wonderful vehicle by which to share your experience of the air, the light, the trees, the sea, the mosaics, the gardens, the rushing back to the bus. thank you.

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    1. Thanks so much! 🙂 Writing has been a wonderful source to process what I am experiencing on Pilgrimage, blended with what I am already working through internally.


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