This Trackless Solitude

This Trackless Solitude
Deep in the soul the acres lie
of virgin lands, of sacred wood
where waits the Spirit. Each soul bears
this trackless solitude.

The Voice invites, implores in vain
the fearful and the unaware,
but she who heeds and enters in
finds ultimate wisdom there.

The Spirit lights the way for her,
bramble and brush are pushed apart.
He lures her into wilderness
but to rejoice her heart.

Beneath the glistening foliage
the fruit of love hangs always near,
the one immortal fruit: He is
or, tasted: He is here.

Love leads and she surrenders to
His will, His waylessness of grace.
She speaks no word save His, nor moves
until He marks the place.

Hence all her paths are mystery,
presaging a divine unknown.
Her only light is in the creed
that she is not alone.

The soul that wanders, Spirit led,
becomes, in His transforming shade,
the secret that she was, in God,
before the world was made.

Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit, O.C.D.
Jessica Powers

From The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers
Published by ICS Publications, Washington, D.C.
All copyrights, Carmelite Monastery, Pewaukee WI.
Used by permission