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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, ...

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 ...

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 the ...

Advent Poetry Series: “Star”

For the next four days, now through Christmas Day, I'll be reposting the Advent poems I wrote four years ago. They were commissioned for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle.      Star   “A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon 
under her feet ...

Because of the mystery and the magic. (Or, why I believe poetry matters: A guest post for Seth Haines)

I sit in the teacher’s chair before a carpet packed with five and six year olds, all sitting crisscross applesauce. They stare at me with expectation. I am August’s mom, the real-live-author, there to tell them about poetry. “A poem is like a painting or a sculpture made out of words,” I say. “Have you ever had ...

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 ...

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 Luke ...