WALKING by Rick Davis
(A Christian Poetry Chapbook)
In WALKING, Rick Davis seeks Divine presence in dreams and by rivers, in fireflies and mud, and while using technology ranging from a telephone to the artists’ brushes and canvases.
The peaceful, reflective tone of the collection calls to mind Psalm 46:10: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God . . .” (NIV). In “Morning Prayer,” the speaker wants only to whisper his love to God, “. . . but I fight/This crisis/Of distraction.” This theme is carried through in “back porch:” — which begins with listening to and watching Creation until the speaker is at last moved to song.
Exquisite interchange of the senses begins the opening piece (“writing a poem:”): “i listen with my eyes/sensing the shadowed deer at dusk.” Rick Davis has gifted readers with a volume of tranquil poems, yet he acknowledges “a bleeding world” (from “walking near northwestern university :”). Perhaps if the world listened closely, it would hear “…the earth/Delivering Divine words” (from “Dreaming of Eden”).
Rick Davis lives in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago with his wife. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University, and has completed graduate programs at St. John’s University, School of Practical Theology, Adler University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, and other graduate schools. He has worked in urban ministry, and market research. He is a member of Kimble Avenue United Church of Christ.
Chicago, like any other busy, worldly place, isn’t beyond God’s reach. Rick Davis’s poems are sure to quench the reader’s thirst for Him.
Sylvia Riojas Vaughn
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“Decorated with rich diction and elegant imagery, Rick Davis walks us through refreshing, nostalgic and therapeutic life’s journey in verse. In Walking, the spontaneity of rhythm deeply stirs our thoughts and feelings. What a riveting work of art!”
Kariuki wa Nyamu
Award-winning Kenyan poet, scriptwriter, critic, editor, educator and co-author of “When Children Dare to Dream”