April 19, 2014

Easter joy and peanuts


Almost Late for Lent
by Mary Harwell Sayler

During Lent, I lost
my hallelujahs, dressed
myself in ash, and
confessed each sin
I had failed
miserably
to commit.

I forgave the church-
yard cat, meowing
to come in.

Finally, I asked God
what to do or not to do
to get it right, and I heard
this word:

Spread joy.

Spread it as thick as
peanut butter. Let it
stick to the roof of your
Life.


Easter morning, I found
mounds and mounds
of peanuts in my pew.


(c) 2006, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved.

April 18, 2014

The Goodness in Good Friday


Resurrection
by Mary Harwell Sayler

It was finished.

There was nothing left to do
but take down Jesus' body
and hide it quickly
from mind, from view.

The terror of the tomb
closed the matter,
once for all,
wrapping sin
for its descent
into down-falling darkness
where never light had been.

Even from the Upper Room
no one had known our own
souls would be exhumed.

But Christ arose.

And with Him angels rolled
away the tombstone,
shroud,
and doubt –
releasing all
who wanted out.



© 1983, 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Originally accepted by The Disciple, “Resurrection” appears in a slightly different form here and in the poetry book, Outside Eden, to be released soon by Kelsay Books.

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April 15, 2014

April 14, 2014

The Poetry Editor and Poetry: A Modern Herbal, Poems by Amy Glynn


[Note from MaryIn A Modern Herbal, Amy Glynn skillfully uses traditional forms to address one of my favorite subjects where myth, beauty, and medicinal properties abound.]

The Poetry Editor and Poetry: A Modern Herbal, Poems by Amy Glynn


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April 12, 2014

Bible Reviewer: The Catholic Youth Bible


[Note from Mary: This edition for young people encourages teens to “Pray It,” “Study It,” and “Live It” as they read the Bible and apply scriptures to their lives. What a great gift for Easter!]

Bible Reviewer: The Catholic Youth Bible


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April 9, 2014

The Poetry Editor and Poetry: Poetry Book Review: New Collected Poems of Wendell Berry


[Note from MaryChristian poets in search of a mentor and poetry readers in search of accessible poems of wisdom and faith will warm to the down-to-earth style and insightful words in this collection of poems by Wendell Berry.]

The Poetry Editor and Poetry: Poetry Book Review: New Collected Poems of Wendell Berry

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