sucking nectar from banana flowers
in the evening
Watching nonstop rain
from my poomugam*
Plucking fruit from trees
near my home
Talking to poor people
who need help
Kneeling in worship
when I pray
Meeting an old man or woman
who really knows God
Seeing the old coconut trees
I used to climb on
when I was five or six
Driving my 1962 Volkswagen Bug
with the windows open
Riding my bicycle
around the seminary
Relaxing in my study
and listening to folk music
Spending time with people
who are truly humble
Meeting old friends I served with
on mission teams in the late sixties
and recalling our old stories
The atmosphere of holy awe
during Holy Communion
and feeling that I am sitting with Christ
in the Upper Room
Seeing my leaders do better than me
makes me feel at peace for the future
Taking time to be silent for hours
sitting down in my poomugam to think deeply
Looking up at night
and seeing millions of bright stars
sparkle all across the sky and think
Traditions, signs and symbols
that make me part of the Ancient Church
*A poomugam is a special type of front porch common to many very old houses in the South Indian village where I grew up.
K.P. Yohannan. “Things That Make Me Happy.” Dance Not for Time. GFA Books, 2013, pp. 234-235.
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