Present places,
present faces,
in the moment here with you.

Touching sunlight,
touching evening,
side by side in all I do.

In comings,
follow goings,
always knowing you have space.

Quiet moments
hectic motions,
anchored inside grace.

Such protection,
unseen deflection,
learning ever to remain.

In the sphere
of your promise,
knowing every tear of pain,

is treasured,
in the palm of your hand.

your enduring
present peace before me spanned.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

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Found in simple spaces
when lights have dimmed to ease
weariness of day from shoulders prone.

In the morning beams
where radiance sings
reserving stage for feathered accompaniment notes.

Shimmers in the shadows
like the fuzziness of heat,
but greats in bells that chime with chirping mirth.

Often hid amid
wide open space
blending with a magic you can not trace.

Given to the few
who look beyond circumstance
to find the lines God painted beneath.

Even when awash,
paying untold cost,
finding treasure hid and hold relief.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

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Sound of Silence


Can you hear it?

A softness in the night


Close your eyes

This sound is pure delight


Don’t give up

Sit a moment and regress


Now breath in

Silence like a caress

Find it,

That feeling

Like waiting with intent

Find it,


Yet sweetness in its get


To hunger

For for what you easily brake


To anticipate

Loss within its wake


In finding

Peace in moments lent



In silence well spent

©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020

Mountain Glory

The glory of a mountain peak

Is like a friend who doesn’t speak

Light that plays on glass like lake

Almost moves a heart to break

But if it breaks this pain is kind

It only serves as a remind

There are many friends beyond mankind

Original Painting by Mary Grace van der Kroef “Mountain Glory”

©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020