Category: Fiction, Poetry & Humor

Poem: "Shine"
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Poem: “Shine”

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Rapping Priest/Urban Poet: A Spoken Word by Fr. Pontifex

Poem: "This"
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Poem: “This”

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This This, only this is truly necessary. An outdated wooden crucifix in a forgotten sacristy corner, my forehead pressed to the nail-pierced feet reducing ten thousand things to one. A simple act that clarifies. Calling, inviting – I come. This single act making me one. Scott Warren

Tax-Time Misery
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Tax-Time Misery

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When I came to, I was on my back on the floor of my accountant’s office. “What happened?” I said. “When I told you how much you owe, you went down like ton of bricks,” said my accountant. “I owe the IRS again? But I set aside money every quarter!” “How many times do I […]

Poem: "Oh How I Love Her"
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Poem: “Oh How I Love Her”

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A Spoken Word Poem by TJ Burdick

Poem"Maybe No Dyin' Today"
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Poem”Maybe No Dyin’ Today”

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Maybe No Dyin’ Today Don’t feel much like walkin’ today. Don’t want to do that hill. Dad, let this pass now and Maybe tomorrow I will. Walkin’s gotta be over now, But look on up this hill. Don’t want no more pain today. Maybe tomorrow I will. This really hurts like hell, Each step up […]

Poem: "A King, A Victim, A Priest"
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Poem: “A King, A Victim, A Priest”

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A King, A Victim, A Priest A king, A victim, A priest, A king accused, A victim scourged, A priest condemned, A king crowned and robed, A victim beaten and humiliated, A priest on the altar of the Cross, O Anointed One, O Crucified One, O Holy One, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done. […]

Lamenting Loss of Family-Owned Grocery
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Lamenting Loss of Family-Owned Grocery

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The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad. The family-owned store has been a staple in our community for more than 50 years. Its simple, spartan interior is a snapshot into the past, the way grocery stores were in the ’60s and ’70s — like the […]

Poem: "Quietly sitting in Adoration"
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Poem: “Quietly sitting in Adoration”

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Quietly Sitting in Adoration “Go to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and simply let Him Love you” St. JohnPaul II Kneeling or Quietly sitting in Adoration Yielding and passive and prayerful- there is that. Yet, so much is astir For with the faintest, softest “Yes” He comes to you! His heart bursting with love Radiating […]

D.C. Snow's Silver Lining
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D.C. Snow’s Silver Lining

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I admit it: I love the snow and the cold. I love to be outside, gazing up at the stars on cold, crisp evenings. I love how the snow blankets my hillsides. And most of all, I love how snow disrupts daily life — particularly in Washington, D.C. I lived in Washington for nearly eight […]

Poem: "White Tulips"
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Poem: “White Tulips”

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White Tulips Making fun among the tombs, Crumbling marble shake-shakes for shame. Dry bones gaze up, on carefree bodies Frolicking upon the grass.White tulips crane Graceful necks, framed by slender green, From vases placed on graves That mark the silent, Monuments that mourn The passed. Spirited love Warms Still souls Hearts beat Beneath the Soil’s […]

Food Intervention, Government Style
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Food Intervention, Government Style

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“All right, tubby, if you aren’t going to stop sitting in front of the TV, eating fatty and sugary treats, maybe the government should force you to change your ways.” “Force me to change my ways? But I know what foods do and don’t make me tubby. I choose to live this way.” “Yeah, and […]

Poem: "Of Course He Would Go to Her First"
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Poem: “Of Course He Would Go to Her First”

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Of Course He Would Go to Her First Reluctantly, he had let her go, “Just to get a few things” she had said. He was anxious if she was out of his sight for even a moment, His heart racing as the words constantly lingered, “Behold your Mother”. But she had reassured him “Only an […]

Overreaching in Plain English
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Overreaching in Plain English

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Get this: The federal government is trying to explain things to citizens in plain English. In 2010, you see, President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act into law. It requires that all federal agencies use “clear government communication that the public can understand and use.” In 2011, Obama took the plain-language initiative a step further. […]

A Spoken Word Poem by Fr. Pontifex
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A Spoken Word Poem by Fr. Pontifex

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Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru_tC4fv6FE]

Poem: "Baby Bump? Blob?"
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Poem: “Baby Bump? Blob?”

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Baby Bump? Blob? The rulers have babies; The ruled, warts and blobs. Preborn ruler babies, ‘Til birth, sweet heartthrobs. The princess, with child; The peasants, cell masses. Children are frowned on For the low lower classes. Preborn white scion daughter, So good for the nation. Why not budding black blobs? Location, location, location. Anglo aristocrat […]

Awaiting Our Next George Washington
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Awaiting Our Next George Washington

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“Boy, here’s something we could use more of today: unity among the American people. Americans are so divided.” “Maybe so, but we’ve been divided worse before.” “We were?” “Watch the History Channel series ‘Sons of Liberty.’ It dramatizes the heated arguments that took place among Colonial leaders, who had a lot to lose by declaring […]

Poem: "I Thirst"
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Poem: “I Thirst”

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“I Thirst” Divine Mercy generates divine thirst. Divine Thirst generates human longing. Human Longing seeks the generator. Generator manifests as triunity. Holy Trinity is Love Longing Seeking Pursuing Love reveals Divine Mercy Love satiates Divine Thirst Love fulfills Human Longing Love generates Love. Love IS Thirsty Stacy Peterson

Poem: "Nomad at Night"
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Poem: “Nomad at Night”

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Nomad At Night Wind scorpions move safely under night’s cover A long life’s  journey erased on windswept dunes The nomad travels under the stars Following the rise of many moons Final morning brings the fruit of hardship’s travels Then the Nomad will lie down at the feet Of He who watches in the West Waving forward those He’s waited to meet Surrounded by banquets, with music and song! […]

Poem: "Lead, Kindly Light"
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Poem: “Lead, Kindly Light”

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Lead, Kindly Light Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home,– Lead thou me on! Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene,–one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou Shouldst […]

Poem: "My Work"
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Poem: “My Work”

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My Work Knowing my routines as close neighbors do, They regard me with suspicion as I drive off to church- “It’s a weekday, for chrissakes!” They don’t know it is my job. My work to adore the sacristan’s bounty of a dark and empty church, to polish the holy vessels of the Precious Body and […]

Why Unemployed Men Don’t Do Housework
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Why Unemployed Men Don’t Do Housework

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Women have long been annoyed that they do more housework than men, as demonstrated by many studies, but now they are really steamed. Last December, The New York Times reported on a regrettable trend. The number of men between the ages of 25 and 54 who are unemployed is at all-time high: 16 of every […]

For Groundhog's Day -- An Interview with Punxsutawney Phil
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For Groundhog’s Day — An Interview with Punxsutawney Phil

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Every Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog, is pulled from a tree stump in Punxsutawney, PA. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring is just ahead. In a 2010 interview, I asked Phil about a request made by the People for the Ethical Treatment of […]

Poem: "A little Snow was Here and There"
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Poem: “A little Snow was Here and There”

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A little Snow was Here and There A little Snow was here and there Disseminated in her Hair — Since she and I had met and played Decade had gathered to Decade — But Time had added not obtained Impregnable the Rose For summer too indelible Too obdurate for Snows — Emily Dickinson

Poem: "Child of Mine"
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Poem: “Child of Mine”

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Child of Mine He needs you, needs you now; Son, he has no wine. He calls out now for you; Son, he too is a son of mine. She needs you, needs you now; Son, she has no wine. She calls out now for you; Son, she too is a daughter of mine. All these […]

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