Modern Poetry

A Wrongful Arrest

Detail of "The arrest of Christ" by Fra Angelico (c. 1437-1446)

“The Crucifixion” by Steve Turner: You were one with the Father. Then the Father turned his back on you. You felt forsaken, hanging there between heaven’s thunder and the dank spittle of earth. For that moment you belonged nowhere. You were love, cut off from love; truth nailed down by lies. You must have wanted to explode, to disintegrate, to disappear into a void. But that was forbidden. And that was the test. Your blood burst through your skin andRead more

Top 5 Poets for Contemplation

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After a solid day spent in the open air with hands deep in the dirt, what more could a hermit desire? This one simply craves a comfy armchair, a tall drink of something soothing, and a book of poetry. Few people have time for poetry today, it seems. Poetry – or good poetry, anyway – needs to be savoured. In an age of instant information and tangent searching, not many want to commit to a set number of words onRead more

Beaten But Not Lost

Abstraction of All Saints depiction

“Beaten but not lost” by Steve Turner: We beat her and she lost weight. She lost blood. She lost consciousness. But she never lost hope. She never lost poetry. And she was never lost. You must have to beat real hard to get the God out of these people; to still the noise of heaven in their hearts. A prayer O God, who still bestows upon saints and martyrs the ability to stand fast, and to have the victory againstRead more

Judas / Peter

Rooster crowing

“Judas / Peter” by Luci Shaw: because we are all betrayers, taking silver and eating body and blood and asking (guilty) is it I and hearing him say yes it would be simple for us all to rush out and hang ourselves but if we find grace to cry and wait after the voice of morning has crowed in our ears clearly enough to break our hearts he will be there to ask us each again do you love me?Read more