How is a public ritual a clearing?

“The Clearing” by Martha Postlethwaite.

Do not try to save

the whole world

or do anything grandiose.

Instead, create

a clearing

in the dense forest

of your life

and wait there,


until the song

that is your life

falls into your own cupped hands and you

recognize it and greet it.

Only then will you know how to give yourself

to this world

so worthy of rescue.



Donna Schaper

Donna Schaper

Donna Schaper is Pastor of the Orient Congregational Church and writes avocationally as the Dolly Mama. She is an irregular Baptist and UCC Clergy person.