sliding barn doors

There is nothing more sacred and beautiful than the glimpse of another soul. 

By invitation only and temporary in nature, it is one of life’s most reverent acts. 

Not about possessing, eclipsing, shadowing — or becoming one, the bonding of two souls is based in recognition and understanding.   They orbit in a kind of truth and beauty that closes earthly distance while respecting the divine mystery that both separates and draws them together. 

plant me if you will

in the wide open

the field of possibilities

where fingertips can touch

and sometimes do

where the wind blows

between affectionate differences

exposing a consoling contrast

and ordinary sense of peace


let me have in my view

the strong and steady place

where he is home

and all is well

where barn doors slide

open and shut

and by grace I find myself

received quietly on the threshold

where in a temporary opening

I behold the wonder inside

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

2 thoughts

  1. Hi Julie. I love this piece. It reminds me of mom & dad, their 61-year marriage and their quiet devotion to one another, their kids and the farm. Lovely.

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