Category Archives: Poetry

Oct 14 – David Whyte & ‘George Herbert”

Wednesday October 14 — “What you can plan is too small for you to live” Opening a book of poetry.  Turning pages until a poem catches your attention, stopping to read out loud.   Pretty good way to start a … Continue reading

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Oct 11 — “prayer for revolutionary love” – Denise Levertov

Friday, October 11, 2019 “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., Oct 23, 2013 – less than one … Continue reading

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Oct 9 – John Keats – – “to Autumn”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019     “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 … Continue reading

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”I ask for a moment . . . to sit by thy side” Rabindranath Tagore

October 8, 2019 From Monday, October 7 to Monday, October 14, I will be making my annual retreat in New England.  I will occasional check emails to catch important messages, but for the most part stillness wants my attention. Time to … Continue reading

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Oct 4 – Dakota: a Spiritual Geography

Wednesday, October 4-  “To attach oneself to place is to surrender to it, and suffer with it.” In October, lots of people in university worlds suck air, walk too fast, and try to manage big and little start-ups.  “Too fast,” … Continue reading

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October 3 – Crying out for a vision – Jim Janda

Wednesday, Oct 3 Coming home to Six Mile and Livernois after a month on Pine Ridge teaches me again about the energy of the university;  campus is alive with the works of vision and daily challenges that emerge when faculty … Continue reading

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Sept 30 – The St Louis Jesuits – a sacred and hope-drenched concert

Monday, September 30 – Rabindranath Tagore  # 2 “Drunk with the joy of singing I forget myself . . . ” About 2700 women and men settled into St. Louis’ Powell Hall yesterday afternoon with the subtle play and excitement … Continue reading

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September 25 – – two long marriages with autumn anniversaries – – a Denise Levertov poem for the season

Wednesday, September 25  – “. . . not because mind and memory falter, but . . . ” Yesterday’s  airport shuttle driver observed that Denver weather “has a touch of autumn today”:  a chilly, breath-taking mid-week during a board meeting that … Continue reading

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Sept 20, 2019 a prophet a pope a poet — three voices in this time of tension fear and anger

Friday,  September 20, 2019   “If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech” . . . Isaiah 58 Pre-note: today’s post is longer than ordinary, and quotes 3 authors, the prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis, and the … Continue reading

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Night skies, a long ago healing time

Wednesday, September 18 Thomas Cenatolla caught my attention today, during a morning awash in memories from 1968 and 1969 when I spent two summers living on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation. Carmel and Serena Two Elk, two sisters now in … Continue reading

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