prayers of earth’s own clumsy striving

    Here’s a lovely poem by e.e. cummings:   i am a little church (no great cathedral) by e. e. cummings (1894-1962)     i am a little church(no great cathedral) far from the splendor and squalor of hurrying cities -i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest, i am not sorry whenContinue reading “prayers of earth’s own clumsy striving”

There is a knowledge in the look of things

    Here’s a great poem from Howard Nemerov: A Spell before Winter, by Howard Nemerov After the red leaf and the gold have gone, Brought down by the wind, then by hammering rain Bruised and discolored, when October’s flame Goes blue to guttering in the cusp, this land Sinks deeper into silence, darker intoContinue reading “There is a knowledge in the look of things”

Moon Before Yule

photo by Michael Zuccato   The full moon of December, called the Full Cold Moon, will arrive overnight tonight just after midnight EST on Thursday, Dec. 12, and as it rises it will be joined in the sky by the planets Venus and Saturn, which will be close together after reaching a conjunction on Dec. 11.   ( source: photo by Tina Giaimo  Continue reading “Moon Before Yule”

Dark Lady, you smile at me across the mountains

Catholics today celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. If you don’t know the story/legend, the ballad in this blog tells it. Here’s a poem I like by Anne B. Quinn: Mary, Virgin of Guadalupe Dark lady, you smile at me across the mountains The secret smile of ancient people. What thoughts do youContinue reading “Dark Lady, you smile at me across the mountains”

There is your world within

December nightfall   Alexander Volkov   I love this poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins: the times are nightfall, look, their light grows less The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less; The times are winter, watch, a world undone: They waste, they wither worse; they as they run Or bring more or more blazon man’sContinue reading “There is your world within”

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