Category: Poetry

Poem: "The Donkey"
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Poem: “The Donkey”

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The Donkey When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born. With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody On all four-footed things. The tattered outlaw of the earth, Of ancient crooked will; Starve, […]

Poem: "The Starlight Night"
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Poem: “The Starlight Night”

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The Starlight Night Look at the stars! look, look up at the skies!    O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!    The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there! Down in dim woods the diamond delves! the elves’-eyes! The grey lawns cold where gold, where quickgold lies!    Wind-beat whitebeam! airy abeles set […]

Poem: "The Price of Friendship"
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Poem: “The Price of Friendship”

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The Price of Friendship What price can be put On a friendship? None! Not the measured sum Of life itself. Friends are part Of one’s own self, A fragment Of the greater web That weaves The Universal Truth. A Friend Is one who makes up Part of you, The better part, And brings forth treasures […]

Poem: "In the beginning God created time with a moon clock"
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Poem: “In the beginning God created time with a moon clock”

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In the beginning God created time with a moon clock and space with the compass of the sun. After that cosmic moment, everything changed! Oceans ebbed and flowed. Plants grew edible. People pulsated as though made of music, made of stardust. Days passed in beauty, resting at week’s end, and sometimes we remembered praise as […]

Poem: "Not Me but Thee"
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Poem: “Not Me but Thee”

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Not Me but Thee Lord, as I begin this day, Have it Your way. I seek not me, but Thee. When bitter valley threaten, And I count the cost, I choose not me, but Thee. In the dark night. Trace Your path upon my heart, That demons, seeking to terrorize and tempt, Meet not me, […]

Poem: "This Snake"
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Poem: “This Snake”

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This Snake This snake Is tired of dragging itself through the dirt Tired of all the sacrificial victims it has swallowed and crushed Tired of being cold Tired of its small snake heart This snake is drowning and Like a stray worm Inches and rolls and arches and drags itself Toward higher ground Forever shedding […]

Poem: "Praise the Maestro of Heavenly Music"
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Poem: “Praise the Maestro of Heavenly Music”

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Praise the Maestro of Heavenly Music Who brings the most unlikely instruments into accord around the One Pure Note of Christ. May the melody of the Lord surround us with such power that shouts of terror go mute among us. Praise the Almighty God, our Great Conductor for orchestrating every task and aspect of our […]

Poem: "Host upon the Altar"
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Poem: “Host upon the Altar”

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Host upon the Altar Pristine the whiteness Engulfed in radiant flame, Golden the rays, Set about Your throne upon the altar. For all the beauty of the monstrance, You outshine the artist’s creation, Just as You outshine Creation. Give me eyes to see the Reality. My eyes are designed to apprehend matter. Here, You give […]

Poem: "Waiting Room"
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Poem: “Waiting Room”

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Waiting Room A young man With a sparkling earring And clothes that reek Of sickening smoke, The kind that dulls All the senses And makes me choke He’s tapping his foot, A jerking rhythm Of uneasiness The smoke is in his mind; I know it is His eyes are glazed They dart as if watching […]

Poem: "Here I am, Lord, ready"
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Poem: “Here I am, Lord, ready”

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Here I am, Lord, ready to listen, ready to pray, ready to watch You and be amazed, ready to thank You and give You praise. Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

Poem: "Unknown Martyr"
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Poem: “Unknown Martyr”

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Unknown Martyr Each night, she scrubs tile floors after waiting tables all day: her hands and knees raw, exhaustion bringing her one day closer to death. Her only thought, a son and daughter— how to keep them fed with a roof over head, how to survive another month, how to pray in the midst of […]

Poem: "on st. henry walpole’s martyrdom"
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Poem: “on st. henry walpole’s martyrdom”

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on st. henry walpole’s martyrdom beauty in itself is a useless thing like the lilies of a summer’s field or the light of a winter’s moon useless, too, was your priesthood toward the salvation of even one english soul yet such beauty was not lost after the seeds of your severed body were buried for […]

Poem: "A Bard’s Prayer"
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Poem: “A Bard’s Prayer”

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A Bard’s Prayer “As an author and artists who greatly appreciates the Celtic Bardic tradition, I felt inspired to write this prayer for those who seek to enlighten through their art.“ Let me catch the flame Golden, glittering, glaring So my fingers may glow as I hold the pen Let me taste the wine Sweet, […]

Poem: "Empty"
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Poem: “Empty”

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Empty You eat from my table, And leave me nothing. Then you lay upon my form This weighty cauldron, Dank and empty. It presses mightily, Withholding air that gives rhyme and reason to life Destroying my frame. I show you the door But you raise your brow and smirk Then folding your arms, you lean […]

Poem: "Beaded Waves"
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Poem: “Beaded Waves”

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Beaded Waves The sand waits for the waves to come home. But they cannot stay. The horizon calls them back to the edge of the world closest to heaven but first they must do the work God asks and exchange brine for the healing balm they carry in each beaded roll. Philip C. Kolin

Poem: "Praise Christ our Purifier"
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Poem: “Praise Christ our Purifier”

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Praise Christ our Purifier Who filters the spite from our souls and decontaminates our spirits, Who cleanses us from all dross and removes anything ill or gross from our memories and old ways of doing things. Christ we praise for bathing us with His Blood on His cross of wood, cleansing us from sin, and […]

Poem: "O Eternal Spring"
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Poem: “O Eternal Spring”

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O Eternal Spring O Eternal Spring O sweet refreshment of my soul Look on me And draw me ever nearer Thee. In the furnace of Your Heart Make me like unto Thee, That my mortal frame May melt and meld, To be of Thee, eternally. © 2016 Joann Nelander

Poem: "I Am: The Divine Mystery of the Triduum"
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Poem: “I Am: The Divine Mystery of the Triduum”

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I Am: The Divine Mystery of the Triduum (Note: As a Catholic Christian, I have just recently celebrated the Triduum marking the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. As a student of Celtic literature, I have always been drawn to the style of the ancient Druidic bards, on which this poem is based.) I Am […]

Poem: "The Baptist by the River Jordan"
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Poem: “The Baptist by the River Jordan”

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The Baptist by the River Jordan This one is like a comet Long ago promised A white force sent from the heavens To sear the earth- He roams in leather and camel’s hair Set in a wilderness mist Skin black as the fishermen of summer No earthly prince, and yet In droves they gather From every […]

Poem: "On the Pages Before Me"
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Poem: “On the Pages Before Me”

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On the Pages Before Me In the evening hours, When the night is still. Comes the Lord my God, To his servant. There he sits awaiting, The God of all Glory. And wonders, wonders, wonders, How is this so? Where in his life, Had he been so good? How in his life could he, Achieve […]

Poem: "Reaching Eyes"
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Poem: “Reaching Eyes”

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Reaching Eyes A hand reaches out, with eyes behind and yet I may not glance, to avoid the dance of charity not felt for I am a judge in motion ever ready to drop my gavel deciding who is true or false when in reality it is I who should be the first defendant resplendent […]

Poem: "$cientist$"
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Poem: “$cientist$”

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$cientist$ $cientist$ $eeker$, $age$, $avior$ $ervant$, $oldier$, $lave$, $keleton$, $oul$, $cientist$ Guy McClung Copyright © 2016

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 […]

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