Jan 272016

So, I’ve been tossing around the idea (at the nudging of some other folks, really) of connecting lectionary texts with poetry. I’m not sure where it’ll go (if anywhere); but, thanks to my pastor, who shared this poem on her Facebook page, it seemed like I had a good place to start.

** As a side-note . . . feel free to send any of your favorite poems – no need to connect them to a text, but I’ve realized if I’m going to start doing this with any earnestness, I’ll need to draw from a much deeper pool of knowledge!

Epiphany 4C – Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

“Jeremiah” by Rainer Maria Rilke

At one time I was soft like early wheat,
but you, raging one, did succeed
to incite my heart offered up to you,
so it boils like that of wild beasts.

What kind of mouth you imposed on me,
back then, when I was barely grown:
a wound it became: and from it seep
misfortunes, on and on.

Daily I resounded with the latest strains,
which you, the ever hungry, thought up;
since they were unable to kill my mouth,
you, go see to it that it shuts;

as soon as those we sought to crus and destroy
have dissipated and run away
and melted in fear out of sight:
I should like, amidst the debris,
recover my voice that was from the start
a weeping and a cry.

“Let Love Come In,” by Amy Kirsten

Let love come in whatever way it will.
In music, in friendship, in love for myself,
For others, for my family.
To all who are my family.
Friends on the street.
To the homeless, the broken,
Let love come in whatever way it will.

Let love come.

To the thankful who know how to love,
To the calm, to the awake,
To the joyful,
Let love come.

And when it does
(that gi-gantic, magnificent mirror)
it will tell us at all times and as one,
how beautiful we are.
How Beautiful We are.

Let love come in whatever way it will.

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