|a flock of doves came to visit me in my backyard last week|
A dove in the air,
A dove in the sea,
And a dove in your glance
When you look at me.
Everywhere doves With their drifting wings; In a dream, in a song That a poet sings;
In the touch of death, In the kiss of love, And God Himself As a snow-white dove.
~Jessica Powers, in The Lantern Burns
Jessica Powers, Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit (1905-1988), was a Discalced Carmelite nun and a member of the Carmel of the Mother of God (Pewaukee, Wisconsin). She produced 7 volumes of poetry: The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers, The House at Rest, The Lantern Burns, The Place of Splendor, Mountain Sparrow and The Little Alphabet (a book of children's poems), as well as a small collection of Christmas poems, "Journey to Bethlehem."
I first encountered Powers through her hopeful poem “Repairer of Fences,” in The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers, completed shortly before her death.