Poetry/prose

len on January 16th, 2017

Begin the song exactly where you are, Remain within the world of which you’re made. Call nothing common in the earth or air, Accept it all and let it be for good. Start with the very breath you breathe in now, This moment’s pulse, this rhythm in your blood And listen to it, ringing soft […]

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len on December 30th, 2016

Mary’s Song Blue homespun and the bend of my breast keep warm this small hot naked star fallen to my arms. (Rest… you who have had so far to come.) Now nearness satisfies the body of God sweetly. Quiet he lies whose vigor hurled a universe. He sleeps whose eyelids have not closed before. His […]

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len on December 29th, 2016

They sought to soar into the skies hose classic gods of high renown For lofty pride aspires to rise ?But you came down. You dropped down from the mountains sheer forsook the eagle for the dove The other Gods demanded fear But you gave love Where chiselled marble seemed to freeze their abstract and perfected […]

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len on December 10th, 2016

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom. O Root! O Key O Light! come to us! Malcolm writes, “Of all the mystic titles of Christ, this […]

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len on December 3rd, 2016

In the first centuries the Church had a beautiful custom of praying seven great prayers calling afresh on Christ to come, calling him by the mysterious titles he has in Isaiah, calling to him; O Wisdom. O Root! O Key O Light! come to us! The evening prayer, also know as Vespers, always includes the […]

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len on November 24th, 2016

IV Standing on the thrusting grass by the choked pear-tree The gnarled gardener is older than the trunk he tends. The tendrils of the weed he strips from the limb Have wrapped round both its twigs and his And link the laddered acid of his seed Back down to planet and to plant. His fingers […]

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len on November 8th, 2016

There are two healings: nature’s, and ours and nature’s. Nature’s will come in spite of us, after us, over the graves of its wasters, as it comes to the forsake fields. The healing that is ours and nature’s will come if we are willing, if we are patient, if we know the way, if we […]

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len on June 23rd, 2016

Sometimes called “the oddest inkling,” mentor and friend of CS Lewis. I discovered this introduction to his poetic work, “Taliessen Through Logres.” “Read Taliessin through Logres straight through from beginning to end, as Charles Williams designed it. Lewis, surprisingly, missed the poetry, narrative, logical, and spiritual structure of this book in his commentary in Arthurian […]

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len on March 3rd, 2016

To see what may be had by loss of having, To see what loss of time will make of seed In earth or womb, dark come to light, the saving Of what was lost in what will come –repaid In the visible pattern that will mark Whatever of the passing light is made. W. Berry, […]

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len on January 27th, 2016

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