The pews and the smell became secondary to the person

next to me and the buzz  I felt in my feet.

I saw rivers and land and a patch of

wildflowers that grew taller than my youngest brother.

I saw the sweat of a preacher and the

dark wood that lined the altar.

The river, wide and coursing met the horizon

without asking to meet.

I see a woman that is my mother reaching towards me

and her mother and my daughter

who will lead me home.

The warmth of the sun and the worn wood

guides me there and I know

that in the hot quiet there will be you

and the stillness is not in disquiet.

And still the sound, I hear over the water it vibrates

in the stone wall that surrounds

my house and

it cannot be forgotten.

Never forgotten clinging to the blades

of grass like dew.

I grip the handles of my chair and close my eyes

and see those blades of grass, the stone wall, the water.

The wildflowers, growing taller than my youngest son.

This hour as any other hour.

Because of Amazing Grace
Trudi Lee Richards

Trudi Lee Richards

Trudi Lee Richards, a poetic and musical member of the Universal Human Nation, is the author of On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo; Soft Brushes with Death, a Jorge Espinet Primer; Confessions of Olivia, a fictional autobiography; and Fish Scribbles. She has also co-authored two books: Experiences on the Threshold and Ambrosia - Poetic Recipes/Recetas poeticas. Exactly two of her poems have been published by anyone other than her less-than-modest self: “The Great 21st Century Poemic" appeared in the April 2021 edition of Global Poemic (; and "Fairies of the Forest" appeared in the Palo Alto Times "Youth Said It" column in 1957. In the '90s she also wrote for, edited and published an independent San Francisco newspaper, Human Future; and in the '70s she co-founded the San Francisco arts publication La Mamelle, which morphed into Art Com before it died, and whose remnants are now housed in the Stanford Archives. A graduate of Stanford University, she helped raise several humans from infancy, and is now enjoying their friendship. Currently she tends to wander between Oregon and California, enjoying the company of her beloved community of friends and family. She can more or less reliably be found at the west coast Park of Study and Reflection, outside Red Bluff in Northern California, on the third Saturday of every month.