April is national poetry month. So today I thought I’d share a few of my unpublished poems with you:
I took a stroll with Patience yesterday,
and asked how I could be more like her.
She said slowly, “Plant radishes… befriend a turtle… teach a child.”
If like Aquinas
for the existence of God,
“If You Wish to Snare Divinity”
If you wish to snare Divinity,
become a beggar.
Let go of all you have and are
and sit ragged
on the side of the road.
but with open palms
eager to receive.
Shed once and for all
your illusion of self-sufficiency
and enter into that place
of deep need.
Cry out, if you must,
or simply sit mute
“God as Beauty”
Of all the names we’ve given Thee,
my favorite one is Beauty:
That harmony of placement
delighting the ear,
enchanting the eyes,
stirring inner senses
not yet identified.
Beauty, that steady ray
by which I catch a glimpse of Thee,
that dear entanglement
by which Thou snareth me.
“Write a Poem in Ten Words”
Write a poem
In ten words?
Did any of these poems peak to you today? If so, which… and how?
Do you ever write short poems like this? If so, would you like to share one with us?
PS: Three upcoming presentations of mine:
1) Retreat at the Sophia Center in Atchison, KS, May 15-20, 2018. Entitled “Prayer: Finding God in the Ordinary and the Amazing.” Check their website or call Sister Carol Ann at 913-360-6173 for more information.
2) Day of retreat and spiritual renewal, June 13, 2018 at Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham, NY (Albany diocese). The day, designed especially for those involved in Pastoral Ministry, their colleagues, and friends, is entitled “Walking with the Heart of Christ…with Wonder, Courage, and Hope.” For more information email Maria Schollenberger at Maria.Schollenberger@rcda.org.
3) Retreat morning for the Catholic Women of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama on August 18, 2018. Title is “Three Signs of a Healthy Spirituality: Friendship, Courage, Hope.” Call Sally at 205-223-8287 for details.
Most songs are simply poems set to music. Today’s song is by Laura Daigle and it’s called “Loyal.” For me, this song is a celebration if God’s love for us, a love that is “loyal,” that is, “unshaken, unfailing, unwavering.”
Do you have a response to any of the poems or the song today?