Category Archives: poetry

Beyond Fear Into a Larger World

In her poem, “The Best of It,” Kate Ryan, describes how it feels to have continued loss, to be reduced to be so little considered that you have next to nothing. THE BEST OF IT However carved up or pared down … Continue reading

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Practicing Presence

  “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of … Continue reading

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Flower Pilgrimage to Crete

Sensation On blue summer evenings I’ll go down the pathways Pricked by the grain, crushing the tender grass— Dreaming, I’ll feel its coolness on my feet. I’ll let the wind bathe my bare head. I won’t talk at all. I won’t … Continue reading

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What We Need is Here

  Sicily’s countryside speaks in dramatic beauty–sheer stone faced mountains and sweeping valleys fringed by sea, pastures with grazing sheep and mists drifting below craggy ridges, olive groves speckled with wild yellow sour grass (oxalis stricta) blossoms, and wide fields waiting for wheat. Though … Continue reading

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Sicily, and Cathedrals of the Heart

I’ve just returned from Sicily, a poor region of Italy, but a land rich in beauty–beauty enough to leave me speechless and in awe as I stepped inside Monreale’s cathedral and looked into the face of the pantocrator–Christ as the Lord of the … Continue reading

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Poetic Truth in a Post-Truth World

On the parkbench sleeps a tiger With a very tall old lady In his lap; she is so tall (And so noisy) that her knees Have attracted a pair of screechowls To form on them a nest that sways. –from … Continue reading

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On The Knees of Our Hearts

  When difficult things happen to you, people sometimes tell you, “I’ll pray for you.” Some people would never say such a thing because the words sound religious, and such words would associate them with a perspective they abhor. Because of the divisive … Continue reading

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Blue Sky Time

“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” but when the White Rabbit actually took a watch out if its waistcoat pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice startled to her feet. – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s … Continue reading

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In Ordinary Time

I read Richard Wilbur’s poem, “Love Calls Us To the Things of This World,” and think he is writing it for me. Arriving again in a new world and culture after moving from India, I see anew the million wonders … Continue reading

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Falling Into Wonder

to my aunt blanche who rolled from grass to driveway into the street one sunday morning. —Lucille Clifton, “Praise Song,” Aunt Blanche in Lucille Clifton’s “Praise Song” reminds me of the many times I’ve told myself I’m going to do … Continue reading

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