Only 10 days late…the winner of Sarah Dunning Park’s book of poems

And, using the Random Number Generator, our winner of Sarah’s book What it is is Beautiful is Jen!    Jen, I don’t have an email for you anymore because Patheos has undergone a shift from our old system of commenting to Disqus, which is wonderful. But we’re undergoing a few technical difficulties in the process (and [Read More…]

Daughters of Jerusalem (A Good Friday poem)

A few weeks ago I asked for help in thinking about Luke 23:27-31 as I worked on a meditation for my church’s Good Friday service. Several of you gave me feedback that really helped me get my head around the passage. So, thank you. As promised, here is the final result. Daughters of Jerusalem from [Read More…]

Advent Poetry Series: “Christ’s Mother Reflects: His Childhood”

Christ’s Mother Reflects: His Childhood “…and for him to see me mended / I must see him torn.”   -Luci Shaw “Mary’s Song” He stood at the door, wet-faced and panting. in his hands three baby birds. They’re hungry, he sniffed, nested them in a bowl with grass, fed them worms until they died. After, I held [Read More…]

Advent Poetry Series “Darkness”

Darkness For Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall rise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. –Handel’s Messiah (from Isaiah, chapter 60) Immensity, cloister’d in thy dear [Read More…]

Advent Poetry Series “The Lord is With Thee”

The Lord is With Thee  from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1 They hail me Mary, full of grace. They bless me: brave, obedient—holy. What would you have said to the twelve-foot, light-soaked man, a gold flecked tower whose honey lips spoke your name? I said Yes. Then ran, traveled days, silent, hungry, purging in [Read More…]

Advent Poetry Series “Star”

Though I’ve shared my own poems on the blog before, I always find it intimidating and I fear it’s presumptuous. (Nobody comes to this blog to read my poems, right?) But during Advent (I know, Advent doesn’t start till Sunday, but let’s just pretend), every Friday, I’ll share with you a series of poems I [Read More…]