Category: Poetry

Poem: "I Recognize You, Lord"
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Poem: “I Recognize You, Lord”

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I Recognize You, Lord When we walk together, discussing scripture as though we’re on the Emmaus Road. I recognize You in the breaking of communal bread at communion, family suppers, and potluck dinners when we talk of You around the table. Your peace, I recognize within – and without as trouble stirs when I forgot […]

Poem: "Keep Me Not From the Battlefield"
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Poem: “Keep Me Not From the Battlefield”

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Keep Me Not From the Battlefield O my Lord of Wisdom and Grace, Take hold of me and set me in my place. Therein I shall be for You, All that You wanted from me. Take me now and do me this service, That You may begin Your work in me. Let me be the […]

Poem: "Bodhran"
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Poem: “Bodhran”

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Note: This is taken from a time when I was going through a spell of severe spiritual dryness. However, playing my bodhran drum for a studio recording helped me remember the Divine Order that is all around me, as exemplified by the rhythm of the drum beats. Bodhran I feel the skin of the drum […]

Poem: "Your Will"
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Poem: “Your Will”

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Your Will I reach For Your Will But I only wave my will instead I seek                                           Your Answers    But my answers are the ones I choose I ask                                  For Your Help Yet I insist on telling You what that help should be I decide                                                  Your credit         Yet I only credit You when […]

Poem: "Heaven Glow"
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Poem: “Heaven Glow”

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Heaven Glow Mr. Lee looked at the child moments old. “Sirius is his name,” said he. Mrs. Lee, cuddling the boy, truth be told, Said “Yes, Sirius Lee” he will be. But he wasn’t. Eyes twinkling stellar was he, Not dark, dismal or dull. Shimmering sparkling was he, Not Sirius Lee at all. Because he […]

Poem: "My God, my God, why have You forsaken"
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Poem: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken”

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My God, my God, why have You forsaken Your life for mine? Why are You so far from helping Your own holiness by taking on my sins? You magnetized crowds with Your love and prayers and healing touch, only to draw sin from us – like a magnet cast in iron nails that tear away […]

Poem: "The Sacrifice of the Sun"
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Poem: “The Sacrifice of the Sun”

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(I was inspired to write this after reading an ancient legend about the sun dying every night so that the moon might draw breath. As it was Holy Week for Christians, this inspired me to try my hand on a comparative allusion about how Christ died so that humanity might draw new life) “The Sun […]

Poem: "Microcosmos"
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Poem: “Microcosmos”

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Microcosmos When we first started looking through microscopes a cold fear blew and it’s still blowing. Life hitherto had been frantic enough in all its shapes and dimensions. Which is why it created small-scale creatures, assorted tiny worms and flies, but at least the naked human eye could see them. But then suddenly beneath the […]

Poem: "With the Sun on Our Backs"
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Poem: “With the Sun on Our Backs”

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With the Sun on Our Backs My hand is upon you, As you well know. I walk with you daily In the sand and the snow. Together we are bound, For the journey we take. To serve My Father in this place. Days will come, When life will be hard. And others shall be, As […]

Poem: "Sweet Presence"
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Poem: “Sweet Presence”

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Sweet Presence You are here. My soul drinks Of Your Presence. Here is sweetness pervading, Time with no measure, Eternity kissing the moment, Stillness, though fleeting. Your touch stirs the life of me. I want to dance, Charged with new vigor. I should simply gaze on You But the power of life Is hard to […]

A Spoken Word Poem: "We Hold These Truths"
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A Spoken Word Poem: “We Hold These Truths”

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Poem: "Flowers Without Fruit"
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Poem: “Flowers Without Fruit”

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Flowers Without Fruit Prune thou thy words; the thoughts control That o’er thee swell and throng;– They will condense within thy soul, And change to purpose strong. But he who lets his feelings run In soft luxurious flow, Shrinks when hard service must be done, And faints at every woe. Faith’s meanest deed more favor […]

Poem: "It Takes Families To Raise A Village"
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Poem: “It Takes Families To Raise A Village”

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It Takes Families To Raise A Village Men with guns surround the powerists’ vehicles. Mothers, loving, unseen behind bulletproof glass, Their children laughing above run-flat tires, Dark vehicles in caravan, racing through red lights, Unimpeded. Happy on the way to school. The mothers talking, motherly, About goodness, and love, and Daddy and cousins. The mothers […]

Poem: "Beside my desk, seashells"
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Poem: “Beside my desk, seashells”

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Beside my desk, seashells Show evidence of life outgrowing the old self and discarding hard protective layers that once encompassed vulnerabilities. Praise the Lord! You have risen from the grave condition of mankind and found Yourself, buoyed in the Spirit but anchored in us, Your blessed Body on earth. © 2016, Mary Harwell Sayler

Poem: "Some Like Poetry"
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Poem: “Some Like Poetry”

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Some Like Poetry Some – thus not all. Not even the majority of all but the minority. Not counting schools, where one has to, and the poets themselves, there might be two people per thousand. Like – but one also likes chicken soup with noodles, one likes compliments and the color blue, one likes an […]

Poem: "Live Henceforth in My Love"
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Poem: “Live Henceforth in My Love”

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Live Henceforth in My Love Blessing full and overflowing Pour over me, Around me, And though and through. It is You, Who plans for me, Accomplishes this work, And I , For my part, Desire, And yield, My whole life, Loving You. ©2013 Joann Nelander

A Spoken Word Poem: "Yes to You"
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A Spoken Word Poem: “Yes to You”

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Poem: "Suffer"
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Poem: “Suffer”

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Suffer I can still endure the minutes, fix the time, and set the limits Where there was no pain but cold, slow pain. If I sought some hope to borrow from a hint of a tomorrow, It brought pain again, pain again, and pain. It caught me, held me, ruled me and eventually it schooled […]

Poem: "Hymn to Matins--Sunday"
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Poem: “Hymn to Matins–Sunday”

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Hymn to Matins–Sunday TODAY the Blessed Three in One Began the earth and skies; Today a Conqueror, God the Son, Did from the grave arise; We too will wake, and, in despite Of sloth and languor, all unite, As Psalmists bid, through the dim night, Waiting with wistful eyes. So may He hear, and heed […]

Poem: "Miracle Fair"
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Poem: “Miracle Fair”

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Miracle Fair Commonplace miracle: that so many commonplace miracles happen. An ordinary miracle: in the dead of night the barking of invisible dogs. One miracle out of many: a small, airy cloud yet it can block a large and heavy moon. Several miracles in one: an alder tree reflected in the water, and that it’s […]

Poem: "Love's Reach"
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Poem: “Love’s Reach”

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Love’s Reach I reach for You With my life, All my life. It is not for naught, That You labored, Bore my sins. I reach for You With my thoughts. In the night, I contemplate Your Dying. Writhing in agony, Alone with hell’s phantoms, Blood called From Your flesh. More than a drop Spoke my […]

A Spoken Word Poem: "No Mercy"
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A Spoken Word Poem: “No Mercy”

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Poem: "Reverses"
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Poem: “Reverses”

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Reverses WHEN mirth is full and free, Some sudden gloom shall be; When haughty power mounts high, The Watcher’s axe is nigh. All growth has bound; when greatest found, It hastes to die. When the rich town, that long Has lain its huts among, Uprears its pageants vast, And vaunts—it shall not last! Bright tints […]

Poem: "Going Home"
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Poem: “Going Home”

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Going Home He came home. Said nothing. It was clear, though, that something had gone wrong. He lay down fully dressed. Pulled the blanket over his head. Tucked up his knees. He’s nearly forty, but not at the moment. He exists just as he did inside his mother’s womb, clad in seven walls of skin, […]

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