Building Clumps of Moments

by | Jun 9, 2012 | Saturday

It usually starts taking shape

from one word

reveals itself in one smile

sometimes in the blue glint of eyeglasses

in a trampled daisy

in a splash of light on a path

in quivering carrot leaves

in a bunch of parsley

It comes from laundry hung on a balcony

From hands thrust into dough

It seeps through closed eyelids

as through the prison wall of things of objects

of faces of landscapes

It’s when you slice bread

when you pour out some tea

It comes from a broom from a shopping bag

from peeling new potatoes

from a drop of blood from the prick of a needle

when making panties for a child

or sewing a button on a husband’s burial shirt

It comes out of toil of care

out of immense fatigue in the evening

out of a tear wiped away

out of a prayer broken off in mid-word by



It’s not from the grand

but from every tiny thing

that it grows enormous

as if Someone was building Eternity

as a swallow its nest

out of clumps of moments

 Small Things by Anna Kamenska (Polish, 1920-1986)

A selection from the chapter, In the Stillness, from At the Still Point by Sarah Arthur. I’m giving away two copies to two lucky people on Sunday if you leave a comment here.

Just as each bud on this single Hydrangea bush in my front yard unfurls to form a kalidescope of color, may we open the beauty of Christ to the watching world. Each petal of who we are forming clumps of moments that build an eternal home.

Happy Saturday Friends!


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  1. Sandra Heska King

    Seems I’m always losing my breath here. 🙂

  2. Joanne Norton

    I have a real heart for hydrangeas. So beautiful. And your beautiful word-sharing is beautiful, too. [As usual. You have a very heart-gift of spreading the Word, in one form or another, but always drawing Him closer.]

    • Redemption's Beauty

      To God be the glory for that Joanne. Not just being trite, I mean it.

  3. S. Etole

    You’ve woven so much beauty through your words and photos.

  4. Diana Trautwein

    Oh, Shelly – this is gorgeous! I have this book somewhere. Now to find it and READ IT. And I love your pictures -especially the light shining through the back of those pale pink ones. To die for. Thank you!

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Thanks Diana. I know what you mean about books. I have so many and not enough time to read them all. It’s always fun to re-visit great works like this one.

  5. lolitavalle

    …… and mine too. My heart skips a beat. The poignant descriptions of the ordinary things, spanning into bigness with LOVE like a necklace of Jasmine.

    ……. hmmmnnn, lovely. God’s love is the string that binds.

  6. lolitavalle

    One thing more before I leave,

    Thank you for the joys I find here in your spot. I love to collect thought in my heart. They are like gold in the grit to me……… so much joy in the small things, small packages, the overlooked spot, off the beaten track, and in less traveled roads.

    Thank you, you refresh my soul with words…… and I thank God for you.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Thanking God for you too my dear friend. It’s always a joy to find your here.

  7. Dea

    You keep picking my favorites from the book 🙂 Have you read Peace Like A River? There is a excerpt from the novel in At the Still Point. Loved it and good summer read.

    My hydrangeas have been incredible this year. I think because we had a mild winter. They need a pruning before vacation so the new growth will blossom beauty next year. I have a beautiful lace cap in the back. I have loved it’s progression over the past few weeks. So beautiful.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      I haven’t read that one, I will have to check it out Dea. Thanks for the recommendation. I actually only have one hydrangea bush but they are my favorite. I planted it last year and this year the blooms are all differnt colors and profuse.

  8. ~ Patricia

    LOVE this, Shelly…the photos, the prose. Perfectly stunning.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Thanks Patricia, that means alot coming from the photographer extraordinaire!

  9. simplystriving

    Read this in my email this weekend. thoroughly enjoyed it. and today, it’s still with me. need to add this book to my list of must-reads I think! Beautiful as always, friend. thank you!

    • Redemption's Beauty

      I know, that poem hung with me for weeks too Nikki. So simple, but so profound. I think you will like that book. It seems we enjoy similar literature. Wish you would’ve won it! 🙂

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