Category Archives: Poetry

“Here are the Poems – they will explain themselves – as all poems should do without comment.”
- John Keats

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Coleman Barks reads Rumi’s ‘I See My Beauty In You’

Bill Moyers and Company

Stunning reading of a gorgeous poem … with the perfect musical accompaniment. Amazing. (Click here if the video below is not working.) Coleman Barks reads Rumi’s ‘I See My Beauty In You’ from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo. Here is the text … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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Tell Me More (poem)

tell me more

From NPR’s Tell Me More: April is almost here, and that means time for Tell Me More’s annual celebration of National Poetry Month. Tweet your original poems of no more than 140 characters, using the hashtag #TMMPoetry. Here is the … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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prayer of the shards

shards of glass fit together

May the brokenness in me fit the brokenness in you so both are made whole.

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homeless as octameter (#poem)

octameter

How shall I, whose tears now drench this steering wheel, share love with you whose wheelchair sputters in the dirt, beside the road on which I drive towards my home, so far away from this strange place in which we … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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What if Walt Whitman could have watched the Earth breathe?

earth breathing

“WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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Remembering Fr. Matthew Kovacs (“Bernard, for what have you come?”)

Fr. Matthew Kovacs

Today, the Cistercian community celebrated the life and legacy of Fr. Matthew Kovacs, pictured here. Fr. Matthew was my first Latin teacher, back when I was in 5th grade, and he was the first priest whom my younger brother ever met … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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The paths down which we walk within our dreams

self portrait as a shadow on a prison parking lot

The paths down which we walk within our dreams have led us to this place we dare not sleep: this place where waking is not what it seems. Our words have traveled down the narrow streams of halting conversation from … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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prison ghazal (#poem)

creative commons prison

A place from which you can’t escape is prison. A place to which you must return is prison. The space between the place where you were born and everywhere you fear to go is prison. Your shame has strapped a … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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she breaks my heart every night (#poem)

a girl and her guitar

She breaks my heart every night – I lay her on her bed, wrap a blanket around her still tiny feet, rest my head on her froggy pillow-pet, and whisper, “Goodnight…” She turns her head to mine, places her arm … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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how felons taught me to overcome any challenge (#poem #prayer)

PEP eSchool on July 31 2012

When challenged, embrace faith; When faithful, embrace work; When working, embrace challenges – God will figure out the rest.

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prayer of my imprisoned brother (#poem)

Sunrise over the watchtowers at San Quentin

Lord, bring me the hatred of the world, that I may find love; bring me the shame of the world, that I may find gratitude; bring me the judgment of the world, that I may find forgiveness. Father, bring me … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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Inventory of Texas prison cells (#poem)

Texas Prison System - from TDCj

1 ninety-one-year-old man; 2 sixteen-year-old boys; 300 others condemned to die; 152,749 more scattered in between. 153,052 hearts, beating in cages; 306,104 hands, idling around bars; 1,530,520 toes, losing ground; 5,050,716 vertebrae, bent without burden. <1,530,520,000,000,000,000,000 brain cells contemplating the same, relentless question: zero … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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the sense in which I love you (#poem)

the five senses

To the slamming of the bathroom door, I love you. By the prick of your upturned heel in the hall, I love you. In the light of the lamp you refuse to turn off, I love you. Under the stench … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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Eviction (mirror #poem)

dirty hands

  Rent from the home by hands paid with rent from the home.

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Anniversary Poem (after reading Matthew 25:35-36)

Anniversary Poem

Love fills the space between our souls and keeps our hearts from longing; Love pours across the garden and our blossoms never fade. Love welcomes us beneath her roof and warms us by her fire; Love enwraps our naked babes … Click here to continue readingClick here to continue reading >>>

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