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April 27 improbable play

Sometimes joy after grief awakens slowly, filled with stillness and soft footsteps.  Sometimes joy after grief runs so hard it messes your hair and makes you giddy.  Today’s poem is that 2nd kind of joy.  Whenever I hear what William … Continue reading

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April 25 – David Hinton, a poet new to me — “Desert”

Wednesday April 25  “gazing out, the old masters say. It seems easy enough.           But . . . ” This habit of beginning three work days a week with a poem often stretches my imagination; David Hinton’s few words in … Continue reading

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April 23 It begins to smell like spring

Monday, April 23,  “What is all this juice and all this joy?” Gerard Manley Hopkins, sj wrote  “Spring” in language alive with sensual delight, a breath of  fresh air after this April’s ice storms and cold winds.  “Risk some delight” … Continue reading

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April 18 – Mary Oliver “starling in winter”

Wednesday   April 18 – a song for very late winter My sibs and I gathered at Mary’s house on the edge of northern Wisconsin for a weekend.  A delicious and shocking visit from two back-to-back 12” blizzards, hurried along with … Continue reading

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April 16 – David Whyte between winter and spring

Monday, April 16, 2018 “To hear another’s voice, follow your own voice” This post first appeared here in February 2017 during an in-between time with hints of spring in a winter context.  I am writing from my sister Mary’s snow-bound … Continue reading

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April 12 “Three Cairns”

April 12 – Three Stone Cairns and One Bird – Andy Goldsworth and Emily Dickenson Posted on April 19, 2017 by mission-and-identity Thursday, April 12 — Three Cairns – This little boy exploring a large stone egg got me wondering the way art … Continue reading

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Monday April 9 Mary Kelly rsm – days of a deep goodbye

April 9 – Saying goodbye to your soul friend and sister  Monday,  April 9   Mary Kelly rsm and Denise Levertov I’ve finally opened Denise Levertov’s last book, The Great Unknowing: Last Poems.  She is one of my go-to poets and … Continue reading

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April 6, Mary Kelly rsm

Sr Mary Kelly, RSM  + April 6, 2018 We are a university.   Here, people listen, take each other seriously.  Teachers listen to students.   Some students once told one of our master teachers that s/he was most scary when one … Continue reading

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April 4 – Not all April days are equal

Wednesday April 4, 2018 Last evening about 7:00 pm our first notable thunder-lightening storm swept through, pretty intense rain coming along for the ride.  If you love thunderstorms — I do — this might lead you to open windows and … Continue reading

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April 2 — a new poet the second day of Easter

Monday, April 2  – “Call yourself alive?” Easter, like Lent in the Christian tradition, unfolds over 40 days;  its stories are alive with hope emerging from grim times.  A poet friend of 40 years lives in and around the wide world, … Continue reading

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