Mercy was your favorite word

-elizabeth-ann-seton-age 18      Elizabeth Bayley Seton , age 20, about 1794

She only lived to age 47, but during that short life she raised 5 children, was a wife, mother, widow, educator, convert to Catholicism, and founder of my religious community.

She was a great letter writer; in fact , she wrote marginal notes in her Bible and in most of the books she read.

EAS handwriting

I wrote this poem about her in 1974:

Mother Seton’s Bible

 

Mercy was your favorite word.

How many times

underlined in psalm and margin

by your wondering hand.

Mercy -on your eye

tears,

the sea, and thanks.

Mercy – vows

in an underground chapel-

let us not forget

our communion

of tomorrow.

Mercy-

thinking sea voyages,

passages to heaven,

thinking

how children breathe

their first

earth.

 

 

 

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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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