Poetry and Songs

Bursting Fourth

America begins again each year with a Big Bang so loud we cannot hear, the smoke so dense we cannot breathe, the light so bright we cannot see the dead, …

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A Masked and Virtual Easter

From the isolation of our fears             you lead us out with everlasting arms of love. In the mask that shrouds you in death’s mystery             we see the revelation …

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Grounded

Grounded in the shelter of the flowering cherry blossoms falling on my head I Am grounded shocked by currents flowing through me forcing me to fall upon the ground to …

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Imagining the Way of Peace

Our Interfaith Peace Conference on “The Arts of Peace: Imagining the Way” has come to pass, moving from anticipation into memory. Sylvia and I now live “APC” (After the Peace …

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Transitions in Scotland

We just returned from two weeks in Scotland. Many months ago we planned to visit the Island of Iona to participate in a week-long retreat at the historic Abbey. We …

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Intercession

In the small town where I live it is not unusual to hear people say in parting “I will pray for you.” If not “you,” then it might be your …

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The Faure Requiem with Poetry

On October 14 our choir at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville, North Carolina, presented six movements of the beloved Requiem by Gabriel Fauré as the heart of a service …

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Cardinal Fears

Wild wings flashing           He           Cardinal thrashes enemies, marauders of his nest, his mate, his reddened honor. Daylight wakes his vigilant …

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Poetry and Public Prayer

We Americans are once again in a full-throated struggle over the viability of our republican institutions of constitutional government. The would-be despot our founders feared has indeed seized administrative control …

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Charlie and Harold

A few weeks ago I took part once again in the Poet’s Gathering in Winston-Salem North Carolina, sponsored by Press 53. In one of our workshops Adrian Rice, a poet …

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Remembering Martin, In Fearful Times

We will not let our fear             beget the fear             that frozen into bullets             separates us from the love             that frees us from such fear,             that …

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Galactic Sipapu

I hear that every spiral galaxy             has only one black hole, an eye to look into the nothing             that contains the light of stars too vast to count, …

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The Ashes Are Falling

Living in one of the world’s great temperate hardwood forests, I become familiar with the trees around me. Not all, by any means, because we have such an expanse of …

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Birthright

“Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I …

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Appalachian Melancholy

I am preparing to participate in a gathering commemorating the life and work of Kathryn Stripling Byer, whose teaching, poems, and spirit will resonate in these hills for many decades …

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