Jean Rodenbough, Carving the Spaces

Jean Rodenbough
CARVING THE SPACES

wood chips fall to the patio
as my knife follows the pattern
traced on the bare plate

my life is in patterns
that I discover
through chips of motifs
formed by time

to carve a shape
is to carve its space
as this plate is seen
by what is missing
when my keen blade
flicks out the pieces

I wonder
what will form me
as I seek patterns
in small chips
of hope and love
that reveal me
by their absence

Author’s Comment: My favorite endeavor is chip carving, which provides time to meditate while I carve.

Bio: I am a retired Presbyterian minister, with two published books by All Things That Matter Press: Bebe & Friends: Tails of Rescue (gathered from those who contributed stories about their pets); Rachel’s Children: Surviving the Second World War (accounts from those who were children during that war). Self-published books by lulu.com: poems, a book on the grief process, and a book narrated by a 12-year-old girl about people in her home town.


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2 thoughts on “Jean Rodenbough, Carving the Spaces

  1. In poetry and prose, Jean is a thoughtful, compassionate, poignantly reflective and expressive writer and I highly recommend all her publications. Oh, and she’s an excellent chip carver, too!

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