praying with icons – a poem by Sister Lou Ella Hickman

praying with icons

an icon 
it waits as a door or window waits 
heaven has a face 
and patient hands blessing 
extended in welcome 
the silence opens 
for our waiting in return 

Sister Lou Ella Hickman, I.W.B.S. is a former teacher and librarian whose writings have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Press 53 published her first book of poetry in 2015 entitled she: robed and wordless. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017 and in 2020.   

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