A silent, beaming testament

Of something just behind,

Beauty blankets earth and sky

That something more may find.


Dilated sun in glowing orange

Sets gently in the deep

With tranquil, turquoise, timid waves,

Another eve to sleep.


Blue bashful orchid spreads her arms

In fragile symmetry.

Soft, unthreatening whirl of life,

Immobile majesty.


O’er reigning mountain peers the moon,

A rising blood-orange crest,

Announcing calm to fierce and frail

To contemplate and rest.


The sparkling brook that gently hums

Refreshes solemn deer,

And singing birds in canopy

Harmonious appear.


A starry sky imposing shines

With brilliance beaming from the past,

Telling wonders far beyond,

Our little world, a cosmos vast.


Singing, whispering, sparkling, soft,

Brilliant, beaming bright,

Raging, running, standing still,

Silent solemn sight.


Nature’s beauty blows the bounds

Of what mind can define,

And oft it sees, cannot but say

It is itself divine.


But deeper gaze, it all points up.

Look close and it will find

This beauty pure ends not in self.

There’s something more behind.


About Br Dain Scherber LC

Br Dain Scherber LC is a religious seminarian of the Legionaries of Christ. Born and raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota, he attended the Legion’s high-school seminary in New Hampshire at the age of 13. He did his first two years of seminary in Dublin, Ireland before being transferred to Connecticut, where he continued his studies in the classical humanities for two years and worked as an assistant on the formation team for four years. He is currently studying philosophy at the Legion’s Center for Higher Studies in Rome.
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2 Responses to Behind

  1. Kathie Nalepa says:

    Thank you for this gift, Dain. An encouragement to “go deeper”, beyond the beauty and miracles of nature to what truly is “behind”. How often do we simply pass by life and not stop to reflect, connect, listen to Gods voice speaking to us in what we see, who we meet, where we stand at this moment.
    Count on our continued prayers for you and all your brothers in the Legion.

  2. Claudia Pickering says:

    Thank you for sharing. I look forward to more and hopefully seeing you again. I will share with the aunties.

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