Category: Poetry

John B. Tabb - Priest-Poet
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Tabb’s Poetry XXXIX

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "A Corymbus For Autumn"
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Poem: “A Corymbus For Autumn”

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A Corymbus For Autumn Hearken my chant, ’tis As a Bacchante’s, A grape-spurt, a vine-splash, a tossed tress, flown vaunt ’tis! Suffer my singing, Gipsy of Seasons, ere thou go winging; Ere Winter throws His slaking snows In thy feasting-flagon’s impurpurate glows! The sopped sun–toper as ever drank hard – Stares foolish, hazed, Rubicund, dazed, […]

Poem: "Rather, I Wish to Blend"
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Poem: “Rather, I Wish to Blend”

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Rather, I wish to Blend Father of Heaven and earth, hear my cry. Let my words come to you pure, Not tarnished by selfish desires, Rather, pure of purpose and need. Let me cry out to you, my God, Of the needs in this simple life. Let my voice be heard. Let my needs be […]

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Tabb’s Poetry XXXIII

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "Cross of Time"
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Poem: “Cross of Time”

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Cross of Time Eons past, there lounged Three That great Beam of Eternity Who saw reflected in the eyes of His Son Images of those who’d not yet come The Son raised His arms like a crucified Time courses through from side to side A new beam shouldered to cross the first A beam to […]

Poem: "An Autumn Twilight"
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Poem: “An Autumn Twilight”

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An Autumn Twilight The autumn evening’s filled with peace The night birds softly call, The hint of frost, the waking stars The smoky air of fall. The deer pass down the wooded trail The year’s last crickets sing, While summer flowers bow and weep On fields that wait for spring. And I walk on in […]

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Tabb’s Poetry XXXVII

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

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Tabb’s Poetry XXXVI

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "Hop Splash! A Mountain's Journey. Kirplunk!"
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Poem: “Hop Splash! A Mountain’s Journey. Kirplunk!”

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Hop Splash! A Mountain’s Journey. Kirplunk! Little Boy skips a pebble across glacial water. Hop-splash! Hop-splash! Hop-splash! It plunks, landing upon the crystal bottom, Awaiting a swift swirl, the current carrying it along its way. Its way to where? Another rocky shore… Will a little boy, perhaps years from now, find the gray-green rock Which […]

Poem: "The Holy Catholic Priest"
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Poem: “The Holy Catholic Priest”

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The Holy Catholic Priest I saw him climb the altar steps His white head bowed in prayer, His hands, those grace full hands of his Bless all assembled there. And in his face, that holy face, I saw the years gone by And all the love and sacrifice They meant for you and I. The […]

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Tabb’s Poetry XXXV

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "Hear This Day My answer O child"
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Poem: “Hear This Day My answer O child”

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Hear this day My answer O child Hear this day My answer O child, The answer you have sought from Me. Know that it is the Lord Who speaks, He Who knows your every need. I am faithful to my servants, I am truth everlasting, I am life eternal, I am Lord of all. He […]

Poem: "On This Long Storm the Rainbow Rose"
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Poem: “On This Long Storm the Rainbow Rose”

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On This Long Storm the Rainbow Rose (Time and Eternity V) On this long storm the rainbow rose, On this late morn the sun; The clouds, like listless elephants, Horizons straggled down. The birds rose smiling in their nests, The gales indeed were done; Alas! How heedless were the eyes On whom the summer shone! […]

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Tabb’s Poetry XXXIV

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "The Holy Catholic Church"
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Poem: “The Holy Catholic Church”

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The Holy Catholic Church Oh, Bride of Christ, you’re beautiful So radiant your face. Crowned in love by holy priests Your raiment spun of grace. Attended to by angel choirs That ever sing your praise, The mother of the blessed saints Who wisely chose your ways. Protector of the Eucharist Beloved of the Queen, The […]

Poem: "Cicadas at Rest"
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Poem: “Cicadas at Rest”

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Cicadas at Rest I laid still long enough to see the clouds float by And feel my baby’s breath– almostly soundlessly– against my neck. I saw a pair of hawks soaring on a shared invisible current, Wings spread, gliding in tandem, as if tethered by an unseen kite string. But they were free and so […]

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Tabb’s Poetry XXXIII

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "Triple Sisters"
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Poem: “Triple Sisters”

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Triple Sisters Summer leaves already flying, Autumn in a rush this year, Yellow foliage is dying, What’s the season that draws near? August maybe or September Downward, onward swiftly falling, That which nothing holy hinders Equinoctial and appalling Who are we? The triple sisters Past and present, future claim, Threads of history the scissors Cut […]

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Tabb’s Poetry XXXII

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

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

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Time and Eternity III Departed to the judgment A mighty afternoon; Great clouds like ushers leaning, Creation looking on. The flesh surrendered, cancelled, The bodiless begun; Two worlds, like audiences, disperse And leave the soul alone. Emily Dickinson

Poem: "The Red Winged Blackbird"
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Poem: “The Red Winged Blackbird”

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The Red Winged Blackbird It’s said that once, long, long ago, When Christ had come to die, The Blackbird saw Him on the cross And wouldn’t pass Him by. He landed there, beside Our Lord To see what he could do To free the deadly crown of thorns That pierced Our Savior through. He worked […]

Poem: "My God is with Me"
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Poem: “My God is with Me”

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My God is with Me The Lord my God is with me, But I do not feel His breath. His closeness does not warm me. But I know, I believe He is near. I trust He has not fled me, In spite of my ways, My sinfulness does not impede Him. For “Forgiveness” is His […]

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Tabb’s Poetry XXXI

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "My Heart, Their Home"
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Poem: “My Heart, Their Home”

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My Heart, Their Home Just left my kids behind… A part of me stayed too. Little chunks of my heart ripped out, but Their lives, well-lived, transform the empty pits Into chambers where purpose and love intersect. Filled with their Becoming, My mother’s heart expands, Becoming a mansion that Welcomes home my children, And the […]

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