The Package

Gift Fine Art PRINT Abstract Mixed media collage Drawing by rcolo, $10.00

The package arrives
at the rooster`crow
to snatch me from
 a dark labyrinth
which had no exit
with the door`slam
of an angry cell door

The courier has flown
so what’s to be done
except to pick it up
careful as if alive
set it on the counter
delicate slice it open
to find what lies inside

Twenty`four envelopes
with sixty index`cards
each lined unwritten
without instruction
offer no explanation
as to whom the sender
or why the urgent alarm

“Ah, no wonder
So many poets are addicted
To detective novels
From the drugstore.” ~ Hayden Carruth

Artwork by Emanuel Ologeanu

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Omedeto Gozaimasu

Warm + Cool Muted Colors / Bassike X - Jonathan Zawada

“New year’s Day
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average” ~ Issa

the evergreen tree
still heavy with ornaments
sits dark with no lights

the chickadees bathe
in the birdbath of wild grains
leave tracks in the frost

book of blank pages
the new year cracks its cover
pomegranate skin

Artwork by Jonathan Zawada

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At Year’s End

Image result for Friedman Gallery Andreas Eriksson

And so
we’ve arrived
where we began
the 365 days spent
each file closed
and saved to
a drive

So what
have we done
with all the gifts?
How carved the land
where we walked
building walls
or doors

“All that passes descends
and ascends again unseen
into the light: the river
coming down from sky
to hills, from hills to sea,
and carving as it moves,
to rise invisible
gather to light, to return
again. ‘The river’s injury
is its shape.’ I’ve learned no more.” ~ Wendell Berry

Artwork by Andreas Eriksson

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The Psalm for the Day

Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!

Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!

Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for he commanded and they were created.

He established them forever and ever;
he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

Praise the LORD from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps,

fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!

Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!

Young men and women alike,
old and young together!

Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;

his glory is above earth and heaven.

He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his faithful,

for the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the LORD!

Psalm 148

Artwork by Heather

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Signs of the Times

Image result for abstract art firestorm

In the un`seasons
the firestorms rage
consuming the forests
devouring families alive
you say it’s the forests`
fault for being ripe
I say it is the wind

In the un`seasons
a hurricane ravages
leaving ships on peaks
swallowing people whole
you say it is their own
fault for not leaving
I say it is the water

   Fools deny the signs of the times
   everyone agrees it’s not my fault!

“It seemed there were knocks at the door
      and we said it was nothing but the wind.
We put out the lamps and lay down to sleep.
      Only some said, ‘It is the messenger!’
We laughed and said, ‘No, it must be the wind!'” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Artwork by Michael McKee

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The talking`heads
squeeze the juices from the year
finding that the mead is but bitter
as their news feeds on the crises
of the world’s shreds

The earth’s good news
like the fragrance of an orange
dissipates in the mists of sunshine
here for the moment then fled
up to the poets’ muse

Sing on then Bards
tho none pay to hear you read
whistling your light in the darkness
by words speak grace into pain
to a people starved

“The flower sweetens the air with its perfume;
      yet its last service is to offer itself to thee.
From the words of the poet men take what meaning they please;
      yet their last meaning points to thee.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Artwork by Alexander Calder

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Image result for abstract art  Iskra Johnson dragonfly

One by one
the lights retreat
in the neighborhood
sounds of carols
start to fade

is our human ill
even while at our joy
the box of bows
starts to bore

We move on
from child`hood
in search of bubbles
to drown sorrow
in champagne

“The day is no more, the shadow is upon the earth.
It is time that I go to the stream to fill my pitcher.
     I know not if I shall come back home.
     I know not whom I shall chance to meet.
There at the fording in the little boat
the unknown man plays upon his lute.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Artwork by Iskra Johnson

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My Children

Abstract 347 - Wall Art Print

The river
of my youth
flows home again
upon the Holiday
bearing gifts
of tender

in my heart
under an evergreen
with all eyes

My delight
watching the
tiny boats on water
navigating the flow
on the stream
of my years

“The river has its everyday work to do
and hastens through fields and hamlets;
yet its incessant stream winds toward the washing of thy feet.” ~ Tagore

Artwork by Omar Obaid

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A Carol for Christmas Eve

Sadao Watanabe

O du fröhliche, o du selige,
gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit!
Welt ging verloren, Christ ist geboren:
Freue, freue dich, o Christenheit!

O du fröhliche, o du selige,
gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit!
Christ ist erschienen, uns zu versöhnen:
Freue, freue dich, o Christenheit!

O du fröhliche, o du selige,
gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit!
Himmlische Heere jauchzen Dir Ehre:
Freue, freue dich, o Christenheit!

~  ~  ~  ~~  ~

Oh, how joyfully, Oh, how hopefully,
waits the world on Christmas Eve!
Love comes healing, God revealing
Friends, be joyful and believe!

Oh, how joyfully, Oh, how peacefully,
sleeps the world on Christmas Night!
Sins are covered, grace discovered,
In our darkness shines the light!

Oh, how joyfully, Oh, how thankfully,
wakes the world on Christmas Morn!
God has spoken, death is broken,
Alleluia! Christ is born!

Johannes D. Falk, Heinrich Holzschuher, tr. Brian Wren

Artwork by Sadao Watanabe

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The Canticle for the Day ~ Advent IV

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My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

The Magnificat 

Artwork by Kelly Kruse

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A Poet’s Faith

Circles 3 Poster

A poet’s faith
hangs not on reason
as much as on inspiration
One heart realizing the Other
who tho unseen is known
wherever love might
open the door

“Within the circles of our lives
we dance the circles of the years,
the circles of the seasons
within the circles of the years,
the cycles of the moon
within the circles of the seasons,
the circles of our reasons
within the cycles of the moon.

Again, and again we come and go,
changed, changing. Hands
join, unjoin in love and fear,
grief and joy. The circles turn,
each giving into each, into all.
Only music keeps us here,
each by all the others held . . .” ~ Wendell Berry

Artwork by Linda Woods

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Advent Hope

Image result for abstract art light in the darkness

From the forest
of endless darkness
steps the lantern

We can see its light
but not him who
bears it on his arm

His is the flame
by which we are lit
to stranger`love

“Hope is with you when you believe
The earth is not a dream but living flesh,
That sight, touch, and hearing do not lie,
That all things you have ever seen here
Are like a garden looked at from a gate.

You cannot enter. But you’re sure it’s there.
Could we but look more clearly and wisely
We might discover somewhere in the garden
A strange new flower and an unnamed star” ~ Czeslaw Milosz

Artwork by Juan José Garay

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