Poems

A Year In Review [New Poem]

A year in review Peer at heart’s blood spilt Strokes and smudges prove Inky aches, grief, guilt Pen pressed to paper A soul’s life pressed bleeds Self-reliant nat’re Dies, new life receives Deadly peril kills, Makes dead, despairing Of life’s…

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Crushed For a Season [New Poem]

Background In this poem I connect the image of winemaking with that of suffering, grief, and growth. The winepress is a symbol both of judgment and discipline as well as celebratory rejoicing. Wine resembles and signifies blood, but it is…

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A Poem for Fall: Stillness Moving

Background Fall is the best season. Hands down. As the first hint of the changing leaves appear (and college football season gets going) I instinctively rejoice and relish the stretch from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. It doesn’t hurt that this…

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One Winds the Spiral Down

Background I wrote this poem during this past season of Lent. I was inspired by Malcolm Guite’s reflections on different selections of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. In particular, my inspiration came from Guite’s poem “Through the Gate” and the selection…

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Banish the Brute

Background I wrote this poem a year ago. It came out of a time of wrestling with sorrow and grief — some of which was tinged with frustration with my own sin. I had been reflecting on Psalm 73 (Brian…

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