late spark

I discovered in college that the feedback loop for my faith, was 2-5 years. A friend, Mike, came to me and told me how much something I had said to him meant to him. It had stuck with him and changed a part of his life. I was grateful, but it took me a while in reconstructing where and when I must have said this to him, to realize that it had been 2-3 years prior. As I’ve paid attention to such things, I’ve seen that when I do get to glimpse something I’ve said or done that has had such an impact, its taken 2-5 years for that feedback to get back to me.

This interval has decreased in recent years, for which I am grateful.

when no one is listening
for lack of an open door

yet even then
the door slowly opens
and I’m told
(2 years late)
how someone walked through
that door I opened

my faith 
(as is all faith)
sparked hope
in another


About Clark W Johnson

I am a poet, interested in using poetry to explore my interactions with the spiritual. I find poetry captures tension, paradox and flow well enough so I can hold experiences at arms length and reflect on them from multiple vantage points. As I walk deeper with my God, I'm finding such a record invaluable for myself, and I find that pieces and parts touch others as well. I love and long for more points of contact along those lines.
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