"I draw a window
and a man sitting inside it.
I draw a bird in flight above the lintel.
That’s my picture of thinking.
If I put a woman there instead
of the man, it’s a picture of speaking.
If I draw a second bird
in the woman’s lap, it’s ministering.
A third flying below her feet.
Now it’s singing.
Or erase the birds,
make ivy branching
around the woman’s ankles, clinging
to her knees, and it becomes remembering.
You’ll have to find your own
pictures, whoever you are,
whatever your need.”
— Li-Young Lee, “A Table in the Wilderness”