Category: Poetry

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Poem: "Windowless Jail Cell"
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Poem: “Windowless Jail Cell”

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Windowless Jail Cell A little window from your room Let our letters be Because for a time Separated souls are we. Let our little lights shine The gay breezes of our day As leaves we rake send joy Along, along, along your way. Cherry grape tomatoes Still hang upon the vine Lingering memories of sweet […]

Poem: "The King's Chamber"
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Poem: “The King’s Chamber”

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The King’s Chamber The pyramid of Khufu The King’s Chamber The sarcophagus Then imagine No empty coffin But nuclear reaction Within those tons of stone Plutonium and cobalt Demons of the desert Then, five thousand years Times five thousand years In which to guard this stone-wrapped mummy O desert night Deserted burial And restless Pharaoh […]

Poem: "Catholyric I Had a Dream Dedicated to Sr Marie Jude"
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Poem: “Catholyric I Had a Dream Dedicated to Sr Marie Jude”

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Poem: "Oculus"
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Poem: “Oculus”

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Oculus At the appointed hour, all other time becomes Not This. I am in the sanctuary and it is the hour of Adoration. All is dim shadow and stillness and quiet drapes around me like a monk’s cowl. A slender beam illuminates the monstrance And the Sacred Host- I swear it!- Pulses with shimmers of […]

Poem: "There's a Certain Slant of Light"
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Poem: “There’s a Certain Slant of Light”

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There’s a Certain Slant of Light There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes – Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – We can find no scar, But internal difference – Where the Meanings, are – None may teach it – Any – ‘Tis the seal Despair […]

Poem: " Trouble, Disappointment and Grief"
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Poem: ” Trouble, Disappointment and Grief”

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 Trouble, Disappointment and Grief At a time in our lives When all should be well. There is trouble, disappointment and grief. How can this be so? Where is God? An often asked question, With no satisfactory answer. Some would offer,“Sacrifice is a blessing.” Others would suggest “God is too kind for that” Were I brilliant […]

Poem: "The Burning Babe"
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Poem: “The Burning Babe”

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The Burning Babe As I in hoary winter’s night stood shivering in the snow, Surpris’d I was with sudden heat which made my heart to glow; And lifting up a fearful eye to view what fire was near, A pretty Babe all burning bright did in the air appear; Who, scorched with excessive heat, such […]

Poem: "The Arrival"
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Poem: “The Arrival”

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The Arrival Arrival of what, perhaps you ask? What is so important, am I up for the task? There are presents to buy, wrap and give, I have a life and I’ve got it to live. It’s Christmas after all, what’s else matters, lights and trees, and gifts that flatter. What does it matter if […]

Poem: "Be Ready for the Infant King"
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Poem: “Be Ready for the Infant King”

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Be Ready for the Infant King Who will come to the stable On Christmas Day? And what will they take away? Wise men, steadfast and earnest, came, Instead of palace music, They heard the donkey brae. A lowly sound and sight, Yet their wonder unallayed. Many come rejoicing, To behold the Newborn King, Bowing low, […]

Poem: "Birthday"
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Poem: “Birthday”

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Birthday So much world all at once – how it hustles and bustles! Moraines and morays and morasses and mussels, The flame, the flamingo, the flounder, the feather – How to line them all up, how to put them together? All the tickets and crickets and creepers and creeks! The beeches and leeches alone could […]

Poem: "Quiet Must be in Me"
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Poem: “Quiet Must be in Me”

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Quiet Must be in Me If I am to touch Him, I must be at peace. If I am to love Him, Quiet must be in me. For turbulence does not invite the Lord, Nor does anger or hate. Peace is the gateway to Christ. Love is the avenue to the Most High Holy One. […]

Poem: "Time and Eternity"
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Poem: “Time and Eternity”

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Time and Eternity The truly desolate And pathetic sort, Are those who of Earth Believe Elysian Fields they can create In time, to quell their fears. Not so, not so, For what would heaven be, If on earth everything, Here, Was granted Free To thee? Stacy Peterson November 12, 2014

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