Spirits' Rise

The Rev. John Fairbrother

12 October 2012

Spirits’ Rise

Awe-struck wonder, restless life

weigh lightly on

gentle hearts, open minds,

freeing spirits to rise.


Wisdom quiet as snow

settling, moistening, softening,

renewing hardened ground,

freeing stilled life to rise.


Pukeko run, kotare seek, willows bend,

flax and toetoe, greening

nurture from gravity’s veins,

freeing creation to rise.


Essential Spirit weightless breath

heralding sense divine,

hold on life, release of mind

inviting spirits’ rise.              



Pukeko is a swamp hen;   Kotare is a Kingfisher bird; Toetoe is sedge grass, pampas grass.