Holy Wednesday

Today is Wednesday. Holy Wednesday. The ultimate hump day of the ultimate hump week. Nothing much is happening today, but everything is about to happen. And the tension of doing nothing when so much needs done is almost too much to bear. We have a room to prepare and a meal. We have promises to…

Reflection on Baptism and Wilderness

Here is a sestina I wrote as a reflection on my own baptism and on this week’s reading from Mark 1. Sestina: Baptism At eight-years-old I gave my life to Jesus–or at least that’s what I promised before my dad–our pastor–dunked me in the water. And up I came–a new creation, my sins cleaned away,…

For Epiphany

I found a treasure online that I want to share with you on this day of Epiphany.  Here is a sound recording of T.S. Eliot reading his poem “Journey of the Magi.” The words to the poem are printed on the page as well, but I recommend listening to it with your eyes closed. I…

This Evening

My hands are dirty from smearing ashes on people’s foreheads. My eyes sting from wiping them with ashen fingers. My nose tickles from the ash I’ve breathed in. From dust you have come. To dust you shall return. In the meantime there is grace. Grace that looks a lot like a smudged cross. Like sooty…

Poems about Being a Poet (or not)

(Full disclosure: I have an undergrad degree in creative writing and a master’s in English lit.) I love poetry. I love reading it.  I love writing it.  But I don’t write it much any more.  Back in the spring I went on a mini-spurt of poetry writing and the first two poems I wrote were…

Thankfulness Haiku

Back in the spring I had a great idea.  As a form of prayer, I would write one haiku each day about something I was thankful for.  You know haikus, right?  Three lines with a 5-7-5 syllable count. (I should admit right now that I love the challenge of technical poetic forms.  I’m not saying…