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Oct 19 — two long marriages with October anniversaries — a Denise Levertov poem

Friday, October 19  –  “. . . not because mind and memory falter, but . . . ” Mid October, a chilly, breath-taking weekend across the whole city at the end of this work week.  Along with emerging autumn colors and … Continue reading

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Oct 12 – Denise Levertov “Prayer for Revolutionary Love”

rape & revolutionary love Posted on October 23, 2013 by Friday, October 12  “That we endure absence, if need be, without losing our love for each other. without closing our doors to the unknown.” A recent grad called me last night  (i.e., … Continue reading

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Oct 5 – John Keats — 31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821 “To Autumn”

Friday 5, 2018     “Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness” One of the list’s readers last year about this time responded to an all-time favorite autumn poem from Gerard Manley Hopkins – – who pretty regularly knocks me flat with … Continue reading

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Oct 1 – Mary Oliver returns

Monday Oct 1, 2018  — Mary Oliver “there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own,” 1st  Posted on October 6, 2017 by mission-and-identity “One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around … Continue reading

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Sept 29 – Longing for Home

September 29, 2018– two poets — one Muslim, one Chaldean Catholic Dunya Mikhail “Yesterday, I lost a country” Warsan Shire “dear god i come from two countries one is thirsty the other is on fire both need water.” Like many … Continue reading

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Sept 26 — G. M. Hopkins — “The Caged Skylark”

Posted on November 27, 2017 by mission-and-identity Wednesday September 26   —  “Man’s mounting spirit in his bone-house, mean house, dwells” Sun after an epic deluge reminds me of things I love about living in the heart of the Great Lakes, from torrents to … Continue reading

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Sept 24 — Mary Tobacco & Joy Harjo

Monday, September 24  — “Talking with the Sun” & “The high plains of Pine Ridge, SD” This weekend’s early autumn sun & crisp air.  You can see by the way people walk around campus that breathing is easier these days. … Continue reading

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Sept 21 – My Dad, born 1907, would be 111 today

Friday, September 21 After chilly rain yesterday, today’s morning sun tells news of autumn on its way,  my favorite season, and at the ending of this work week, three soul friends come visiting.  Merritt “Roe” Smith,  my longest kinsman of the … Continue reading

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Sept 19 “In Love” Denise Levertov

Wednesday, September 19  —  Connie de Biase, her birthday month,  19  months after we buried her I found myself writing a paragraph contemplation of Connie on her first birthday since leaving us.   Now, one birthday later,  Connie infuses my imagination; … Continue reading

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Sept 14 – Jim Janda – “Crying for a Vision”

Friday, September 14  “ to cry for a vision is a sacred task” The Lakota expression “hanblechia” means “he or she cries out for a vision.” It is the name of one of the most sacred Lakota rituals.  It begins … Continue reading

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