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On Silences

Lying atop the sheets on a warm summer night sleep is the far`off train`whistle haunting the dark silence thru an open window The Island is as quiet as a cathedral’s sanctuary the flames of the votive candles heard licking stained … Continue reading

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The Psalm for the Day

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;     before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple     and give thanks to your name         for your steadfast love and … Continue reading

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On Faith

A man without a god lives without hope a jar of blood without a heart a bubble of gas without a soul a pile of ashes without a plot love in an envelope with no return address Better to plead … Continue reading

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On Virtues

It seems the sun has set on virtues when strong men despise weak for the sake of greed The poor still believe that blessings deserve gratitude bread broken gets shared by grace The rich can’t afford poverty’s gift afraid dependence … Continue reading

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The Psalm for the Day

O Lord, how manifold are your works!    In wisdom you have made them all;    the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide,    creeping things innumerable are there,    living things both … Continue reading

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On Prayer

It takes a child to believe in prayer it takes an old woman past the age of innocence as she purls & pebbles mumbled petitions into divine ears Prayer requires unselfconsciousness absent from those of us writing our lives as … Continue reading

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Along the Road: Day Nine

Along the road traveled the priest praying as he walked his rosary`beads in hand the world in his heart his knees calloused by intercession Trading in hope he heard confessions carried others’ wounds as if they were his alone for … Continue reading

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On Silence

In silence the spirit finds what gods may be the universe’s masters unmoved by words piled on words in Babels Be silent if you’d discern what sages learned the one you seek is not in the thunder`clap or lightning`flash but … Continue reading

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Birds’ Nests

Life is then a bird’s nest woven strands of yarns & twigs scrounged thru our years & fit to our shape Here we once brooded upon our tiny dreams providing safety to the fledglings too small to fly `til they … Continue reading

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Advent II

We see in the dark shadows of what the world’s become once so brilliant gone to grey by degree Darkness swallows all in halls of power on the burning hills careers into ashes fields to soot disappear We look for … Continue reading

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Advent I

We wait What else can we do? The darkness of the times creeps in upon us Swallows us in fears of isolation Of alienation from others Even from ourselves We wait What else can we do? Perhaps light a candle … Continue reading

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A Sabbath Poem

“For we are fallen like trees, our peace Broken, and so we must Love where we cannot trust, Trust where we cannot know, And must await the wayward-coming grace That joins living and dead, Taking us where we would not … Continue reading

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