May 20, 2018

Poetry Week: Morning Four – Damaris Zehner

This Fallen World By Damaris Zehner I walked every day through the West African town, Rust-red dirt beneath my feet, green leaves crowding overhead. The sounds of chickens and of mortars pounding Marked the houses hiding in the trees along the road. But one day, at my feet, against the rust-red dirt, I saw A […]

Poetry Week: From an Interview with Eugene Peterson

Note from CM: If you’ve read Internet Monk for any length of time, you know that both Michael Spencer and I have benefited immensely from the work of Eugene Peterson. For many, many reasons, not least of which is Peterson’s love for language and his insistence on rich conversation as a main ingredient of pastoral work. […]

Poetry Week: Midday Three – Wendell Berry

❀ I know I am getting old and I say so, but I don’t think of myself as an old man. I think of myself as a young man with unforeseen debilities. Time is neither young nor old, but simply new, always counting, the only apocalypse. And the clouds — no mere measure or geometry, […]

Poetry Week: Morning Three – Chaplain Mike

Ecclesiastes 61 On my birthday With Ford and Howard, Boyer, Kubek Richardson, and Skowron, Berra, Mantle, Maris in the field the boys of summer ’61 were powerful and glamorous, unrivaled in the thrills that they could yield. A five year-old lefty I was then When Roger broke the unbreakable mark and somehow opened an unseen […]

Poetry Week: Midday Two – Chaplain Mike

❀ Emmaus By Michael Mercer road taken friend welcomed hearts broken grief spoken word opened then home guest summoned meal proffered grace offered bread broken eyes opened christ known

Poetry Week: Morning Two – Christina Rossetti

Note from CM: We feature two Easter poems today. The first is by one of my favorite devotional poets, Christina Rossetti. We featured her during Advent in 2014, and today we offer one of her delightful Easter carols. As in her Advent poems, which mirrored the “bleak midwinter” climate in which she lived, so too her Easter poetry […]

Poetry Week: Midday One – Damaris Zehner

The End of the Anthropocene By Damaris Zehner Picture a car, speeding along a highway in the morning. A voice on the radio is gabbling about some crisis. The driver’s cell phone is on, lying on the console next to her; She’s shouting at someone. In her hand is fast food, Wrapped in greasy yellow […]

Poetry Week: Morning One – Damaris Zehner

Note from CM: I know this may not draw as many comments as some of our regular discussion posts, but I have wanted to have a “Poetry Week” here for a long time. So this will be the week. Each day, we will publish two poems, one just after midnight, the other after noon. Hopefully, this will […]

Another Look: Sonnet for Lent V

Today’s Gospel: John 11:1-45 Sonnet for Lent V if only you had been here with us then when your close friend, our brother, passed away i know you could have helped, have healed, have saved his life and kept us from this hopeless day instead we watched him slowly lose his breath we bid him drink […]

Jan Richardson: Lent I – Where the Breath Begins

Note from CM: One of my favorite sites is Jan Richardson’s Painted Prayerbook. Jan does remarkable works of art and matches them with luminous prose, poetry, and prayers. She gave permission for us to use this Lenten reflection. It’s stunning. Thank you, Jan! • • • Lent I: Where the Breath Begins by Jan Richardson ✥ Reading […]