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

Praise Overflowing

Kingfisher bird

“Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins: Glory be to God for dappled things – For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough; And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:Read 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

Weary in Well-Doing

Sad dog

“Weary in Well-Doing” by Christina Georgina Rossetti: I would have gone; God bade me stay: I would have worked; God bade me rest. He broke my will from day to day, He read my yearnings unexpressed And said them nay. Now I would stay; God bids me go: Now I would rest; God bids me work. He breaks my heart tossed to and fro, My soul is wrung with doubts that lurk And vex it so. I go, Lord, whereRead more

The soul’s longing

Old fashioned villa on a hill

“Heaven-Haven: A Nun takes the veil” by Gerard Manley Hopkins: I have desired to go where springs not fail, to fields where flies no sharp and sided hail, and a few lilies blow. And I have asked to be where no storms come, where the green swell is in the havens dumb, and out of the swing of the sea. A prayer O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grantRead more

Knocking at Paradise

Antique door knocker

“Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” – Matthew 24:42 “Advent” by Christina Georgina Rossetti: This Advent moon shines cold and clear, These Advent nights are long; Our lamps have burned year after year And still their flame is strong. ‘Watchman, what of the night?’ we cry, Heart-sick with hope deferred: ‘No speaking signs are in the sky,’ Is still the watchman’s word. The Porter watches at the gate, The servants watch within;Read more