The Turn – Sarah Elizabeth Burns



The Turn



I wrote this poem during a season in which I was just beginning to experience the inbreaking of grace. This poem speaks of the risks and paradoxes of the journey of faith – those pivotal moments, holding the power to deepen our relationship with the Lord, and in which the light of grace breaks into our darkness.



Sarah Elizabeth Burns is a teacher and musician residing in Kansas. She loves sharing her sense of wonder about God and His creation with those around her – especially over an excellent cup of tea or coffee, or on a mountain hike. A lover of all the arts, she can often be found engaged in creative pursuits. You can follow her on Instagram at @ofmountainsandgrace.


  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.