Engaging the imagination is key to Marlene’s poetry. It will engage your imagination too.

Her poetry is accessible, integrated and without a wasted word.

Poems from Grace upon Grace: Savouring the Spiritual Exercises through the Arts


The slow plough has exposed
and plumped the soil.
The sun gentles the surface.
It is time to imagine
the greening, soft hopefulness
pushing through.

I am willing to wait
to feel the first movement of earth,
the subtle threading of roots
changing the deep story.



I feel privileged to have read it and experience the expansiveness, depth and power of creative poetic talent … truly like eating a delicious meal, feasting on a variety of tasty morsels.”

– Dr Maureen Conroy RSM
Director of The Upper Room Spirituality Centre, New Jersey
Author of  ‘Looking into the Well: Supervision of Spiritual Directors’. Chicago Loyola University Press, 1995.


Marlene’s poetry holds such a reverence for all life. I am inspired and enriched by the sense of mystery and beauty and the way God speaks so personally to me through the gift of her words.”

– Ms Stephanie Brabin
Spiritual Director and Formator at Ignatian Heart Spirituality in South Australia