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Tend Me [New Poem]

Tend me, O Shepherd Lead me to safe pasture To be fed and abide with You I long to walk in an open place A quiet, still expanse Peaceful and self-forgetful Lay me down in rest Reposing, seeking Transport from the noise Expand my soul To this new space Embraced by holy imagination And tend […]

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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 turning thrills; No more even caring And thus delivered Up, deceased, seeking Hope and Source […]

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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 of Dante he entitles “Towards a Shining World” from Inferno (lines 133-end) and Purgatory (lines […]

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Springtime’s Dance

I wrote this poem last Spring as an exercise in the art of noticing. It’s happy and short — capturing a brief scene of Spring’s green beauty. There is always much to be noticed and enjoyed all around us in the simple nature of things. This is particularly so when the earth returns to life […]

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Easter Poems: A Short Compilation

While Easter is a day, it is also a season. Easter Sunday is the beginning of an extended time of reflection and meditation on the events of Christ’s Passion and its implications for our lives. Easter begins on Easter Sunday but extends forty more days until Ascension Day and then continues ten more days until […]

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Ambition

This is a poem that I originally wrote in November 2019 as a companion to an article I had written for Rooted. I had recently finished reading Jamie Smith’s book On the Road with St. Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts and was particularly inspired by his chapter on ambition — how Augustine’s ambition […]

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