deep roots

  This is a long and often tragic story, which I will summarize: My maternal grandfather was raised Amish. He never joined the church as an adult, but instead married my Mennonite grandmother. They had six children , but died within two years of each other when the children were little. My mother was raisedContinue reading “deep roots”

to jolt the vacuum cleaner

Ruby-crowned Kinglet photo by R.J.Reynolds   Here are two “Antiphons” I wrote that are modeled after the antiphons of Hildegard of Bingen:     Antiphons in the style of Hildegard   O You Who made the sharp shinned hawk with red eyes rend the singing sparrows with the silent slice of death, Who fill theContinue reading “to jolt the vacuum cleaner”

if you’re climbing out of yourself

Here’s a poem by the American poet Anne Sexton: Riding the Elevator Into the Sky    by Anne Sexton (1975) As the fireman said: Don’t book a room over the fifth floor in any hotel in New York. They have ladders that will reach further but no one will climb them. As the New York TimesContinue reading “if you’re climbing out of yourself”

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