October 17, 2018

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 […]

Another Look: Always the Road

⌖ Always the Road All my life I’ve thought one day this wandering will be past. One eureka moment! and I will be at home. A sweet oasis — fruitful, verdant, restful land — And I will smile, survey the scene, and settle down. There we will laugh and feast and play ’til dark Then lie within each other’s arms […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: November 20, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Living Water The green water of the pond is bumpy with fish Whose round mouths snap at flies stuck In the spider webs strung between rushes – Wet spider webs drooping with dew, Trembling in the morning light until The sky darkens and drops fall, dimpling […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 30, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • When in the soul of the serene disciple With no more Fathers to imitate Poverty is a success, It is a small thing to say the roof is gone: He has not even a house. Stars, as well as friends, Are angry with the noble ruin. […]

Pic & Poem of the Week

Note: This poem is written from the viewpoint of the opposing team. The Chicago Cubs won the pennant four times from 1906-1910, often frustrating the Giants along the way. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were the remarkably talented infield double-play combination for the Cubs. Russell to Baez to Rizzo doesn’t have quite the […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 16, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) When our first grandchild came to be with us, my father held back, unable to bring himself again to give his heart to another child, another who would call forth his love, no matter the cost. And then, knowing her smallness, her helplessness, her inheritance of this world’s sorrow, […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 9, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Immortal Autumn I speak this poem now with grave and level voice In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall. I praise the flower-barren fields, the clouds, the tall Unanswering branches where the wind makes sullen noise. I praise the fall: it is the human season. […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: October 2, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) From A Harvest Is the day wearing toward the west? — Far off cool shadows pass, A visible refreshment Across the sultry grass; Far off low mists are mustering, A broken shifting mass. Still in the deepest knowledge Some depth is left unknown; Still in the merriest music lurks A […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 25, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) From A Dog Has Died Ai, I’ll not speak of sadness here on earth, of having lost a companion who was never servile. His friendship for me, like that of a porcupine withholding its authority, was the friendship of a star, aloof, with no more intimacy than was called for, […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 18, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) From Out of Metropolis We’re headed for empty-headedness, the featureless amnesias of Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, states rich only in vowel sounds and alliteration. We’re taking the train so we can see into the heart of the heart of America framed in the windows’ cool oblongs of light. We want cottages, […]