Father Keith Mason was awarded a prestigious Editor’s Choice Award for his poem, “The Cars Rush By.” The International Library of Poetry reported that the poem displayed a unique perspective and original creativity – judged to be the qualities most found in exceptional poetry.
The Award was presented to Father Keith in October 2004.
Father Keith and I attend the weekly Joy of Writing group, in Fitchburg, MA, on Tuesday, at 12:30 p.m., at Fitchburg Senior Center. Father Keith gave me permission to publish his poem and share with Butterfly Woman Publishing followers and friends.
The Cars Rush By …
(A meditative poem-prayer)
Early morning, in a small suburban city,
off to work and play: the cars rush by on the street,
outside, as I kneel to pray and sit to meditate
in a building called, “the Church.”
On the street, a few feet away, a car – – –
“My GOD, I feel your presence . . . My GOD . . .
A car – – – SWOOSH!
The cars rush by. I think, I meditate,
“Yes Father, Holy Father GOD,
this building, ‘the Church,’ is truly your house,
a place to worship, prayer ad Christian love.”
The cars rush by. “My GOD, if for one moment
I thought . . . you are HERE only,
I could not live or even breathe!”
The cars rush by. “Yes, Father GOD, you are here
AND out there, on the street, in every car!
Your crowning glory is not the buildings, or the cars,
but the people in them!”
The cars rush by. I pray, I meditate.
Father Keith W. Mason
Published previously in the International Devotional Booklet, FORWARD Day by Day, by the Forward Movement Publications, Cincinnati, Ohio, Lent-Easter, 1971 A.D.