Voices from the Tabernacle


A tongue of fire
cleaves the chancel-curtain

of my self-imposed exile.

My Beloved now inhabits
the tabernacle of my heart.


Hunter or Prey

The hunter’s arrow
nicks the heart of the prey,

like the sting of a wasp.

The prey draws a shaft
from its quiver,

like the bore of a welder’s torch,

pierces the heart of the hunter.

Is my Beloved hunter or prey?


In Our Image

When God said,

“Let us create man in our image,”

the “us” must have been God

hanging out with a bunch

of drunken sailors.


Hatcheck Girl

Why do children
not carry guns

into a nursery school?

They don’t have egos
to leave with the hatcheck girl.



A whisper from my Beloved’s lips
soothes my disquieted heart

like silken words of Jesus
calming troubled waters.


Cosmic Fire

When my Beloved breathes

into the dark, dank
cavity of my heart,

love burst forth

like sparks strewn from
the first cosmic fire.



The opposite of love
is not hate

but indifference –

the progeny of fear.



Rest in gratefulness

on the firm ground
of your vulnerability,

not the quicksand
of your perceived perfection.



My soul is like a ravenous lion

prowling at night

for God in the darkness.


Dry Leaves

Prayers like dry leaves

are swept up

by God breathing inside us.



Each act of compassion

is a sounding of the






After closing his practice of 35 years in 2011 as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and with the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames,” in 2014, David C. Weiss has been devoted to writing poetry and leading workshops for new poets. He is on the faculty of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine and a visiting instructor of poetry at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. David plays the “shakuhachi,” a Japanese end-blown bamboo flute used by monks of the “Fuke” school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of “suizen” (blowing meditation). He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can follow David on his website.

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