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Truth by Gwendolyn Brooks

Truth by Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks was one of America’s foremost and most prolific black poets of the 20th century, and was the first black author to win a Pulitzer. There’s a long essay about her life and work on poetryfoundation.org. Read literally, this is an appropriate poem for our dreary sunless days. Read allegorically as the dawning of … Continue reading

To Live with the Spirit: Poems by Jessica Powers

To Live with the Spirit: Poems by Jessica Powers

I’ve just stumbled across some wonderful poetry by the late Carmelite nun Jessica Powers, aka Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit. What a gem of a little old lady. These are great poems. Here are two poems about the contemplative life – from here and here, respectively. A volume of her poetry is available via … Continue reading

The dearest freshness

The dearest freshness

Oh woe to us in Munich: it is March, and snowy, cold, dreary, and grey, grey, grey. For all who are feeling a little bit grey of soul: a ray of light via GMH, who reminds us that “there lives the dearest freshness deep down things.” And if GMH could hold on to his faith … Continue reading

The Gift of Tears, Dorothee Sölle

The Gift of Tears, Dorothee Sölle

I have long loved this poem by Dorothee Sölle, one of the earliest and greatest German liberation/feminist theologians; this comes from her collection of poetry, fliegen lernen. It is a very appropriate poem for Lent. I couldn’t find a translation anywhere, so I made one of my own, which focuses on clarity and makes no … Continue reading

Trinity Sunday by George Herbert

Trinity Sunday by George Herbert

Trinitie Sunday: from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert Lord, who hast form’d me out of mud, And hast redeem’d me through thy bloud, And sanctifi’d me to do good; Purge all my sinnes done heretofore: For I confesse my heavie score, And I will strive to sinne no more. Enrich my heart, mouth, hands … Continue reading

Poem: The Task by Jane Hirshfield

Poem: The Task by Jane Hirshfield

The Task by Jane Hirshfield It is a simple garment, this slipped-on world. We wake into it daily—open eyes, braid hair— a robe unfurled in rose-silk flowering, then laid bare. And yes, it is a simple enough task we’ve taken on, though also vast: from dusk to dawn, from dawn to dusk, to praise, and … Continue reading

Call to Worship: Good Shepherd

Call to Worship: Good Shepherd

Our Lord is the Good Shepherd. In his goodness he supplies our every need. The Lord is our Shepherd, and he takes perfect care of us. Our Lord is the Good Shepherd. He leads us into safety and gives us strength for the journey. The Lord is our Shepherd, who grants us rest and restores … Continue reading