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We Build Temples in the Heart

Side by Side We Gather

Patrick Murfin

As the author warns, “this is not your mother's meditation manual!” Author Patrick Murfin has many voices, ranging from the gentle reflective poet to the fierce social activist. This unique collection represents a wide variety of tones, including transcendent observations of nature and clarion calls to action. Seasoned with stark images of war and good-natured jibes at liberal religious posturing, Murfin's poetry is infused with the same passion that has driven his lifetime of social activism.

We have seen the tumbled temples
half-buried in the sands,
choked with verdant tangles,
sunk in corralled seas—
old truths toppled and forgotten.

We have even seen the wattled huts,
the sweat lodge hogans,
the wheeled yurts,
and the Ice Age caverns
where unwritten worship
raised its knowing voices.

But here we build temples in our hearts.
Side by side we gather.
—from “We Build Temples in the Heart”

A UUA meditation manual for 2004.

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Last updated on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

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