Stained Glass Windows

Nature's Stained Glass Window


“…have you ever found God in church? I never did.
I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show.
Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.”

Alice Walker, The Color Purple


Stained glass church windows:

Illuminated wall decorations
Held in place by rigid frames,
Enshrined in static magnificence,
Controlling light for their own sakes.

But nature,
In infinite
Enfolding and unfolding,
Is the light.
Dynamic and undivided
She freely flashes colors
From her essence,
Layer upon layer
On unsuspecting pilgrims
Who stop by to

© rita h kowats 2014

My muses for this piece are the incredible photo by Juneau nature photograper Lynn Schooler ( and the work of innovative physicist David Bohm.

Chris Highland ( just drew my attention to this piece, John Burroughs at the Canterbury Cathedral . You may enjoy it.



Lynn Schooler DAWN



Flecks of sunglow
The long-chilled backbone of
My soul,
Thawing teardrops caught
In transit.

Spirit-inspired dawn spawns
Drawn from the integrity of
Living winter well.

© rita h kowats Spring 2014


Photo Credit:

I am grateful to Lynn Schooler for permission to use this exquisite photo experience of today’s dawn in Juneau Alaska.  You have a rich experience awaiting you at his facebook page.  Thank you, Lynn.