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Digging. Honoring the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature

Digging. Honoring the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature

by: Seamus Heaney in Expressions,

Seamus Justin Heaney, poet and teacher: Mossbawn, Castledawson, Co Derry 13 April 1939; Professor of Poetry, Oxford University 1989–94; Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, Harvard University 1985–2007; Nobel Prize for Literature 1995; married 1965 Marie Devlin (two sons, one daughter); died Dublin 30 August 2013.

Full Moon

Full Moon

by: Robert Hayden in Expressions,

The emphatic moon ascends ...../ the brilliant challenger of rocket experts,/ the white hope of connections men. / Some I love who are dead / were watchers of the moon and knew its lore; / planted seeds, trimmed their hair.

THE THRONE - Queen Elizabeth II Coronation

THE THRONE - Queen Elizabeth II Coronation

by: Ann Duffy in Expressions,

 Here is the poem specially written to commemorate the Queen's 60th Anniversary. "The crown translates a woman to a Queen / endless gold, circling itself, an O like a well, / fathomless, for the years to drown in - history's bride, / anointed, blessed, for a crowning..."

 

Mary's May

Mary's May

by: Gerard Manley Hopkins in Expressions,

All things rising, all things sizing / Mary seeing, sympathising / With that world of good,/ Nature's motherhood. / Their magnifying of each its kind / With delight calls to mind / How she did in her stored / Magnify the Lord.

Birds Upon the Shore

Birds Upon the Shore

by: FFP Veteran Poet, USA in Expressions,
Myrtle Beach: early birds, some of them having just arrived after a long journey. They put me in mind of you and your companions who are still travelling, who are pilgrims who never arrive because they are always arriving. 
My Farmer Father

My Farmer Father

by: Angela McGhin in Expressions,

When I looked towards the farm this afternoon, through the fog I could just catch sight of the farmer in his tractor, as he drove backwards and forwards in the field, turning the soil to make it ready to sow seeds and plants for his autumn crop. Unfortunately, the weathermen are forecasting frost next week, so some things may be delayed.

Jesus Entering into Jerusalem

Jesus Entering into Jerusalem

by: Nizar Qabbani in Expressions,

Greetings from Alaska, It's Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, so to remember Jesus entering into Jerusalem, this parish joins the other churches in the neighbourhood and they do a walk together with their little donkey. The temperature is only 6F, but at least it's bright and sunny. See the poem JERUSALEM by Nizar Qabbani.

God the Shoemaker and Jesus the Cobbler

God the Shoemaker and Jesus the Cobbler

by: Angela McGhin in Expressions,

This morning I went back to the cobbler's shop where I'd left my black walking shoes last Friday. What a good job he's made of them - new soles, heels and inside lining - £6. Afterwards I was thinking about Lent and how confession is a little bit like a visit to the cobblers. This poet from Russia seems to think so too.

Sonnet: Life's Like A Train Journey

Sonnet: Life's Like A Train Journey

by: Dr. John Celes in Expressions,

This poem was written by an Indian doctor, a catholic who enjoys writing poetry in his spare time. He said he'd love to be Poet Laureate for India some day. Train journeys are always interesting. Perhaps Lent is like a journey too.

Fly High

Fly High

by: John Gillespie Magee, Jr. in Expressions,

I hope you'll like this. I think he's comparing the Pope's departure to a flight into space - that's putting it in very simple terms ! The poem does it so much better. See the comments too.

Ash Wednesday Poem

Ash Wednesday Poem

by: Louis Untermeyer in Expressions,

Every moment, every location and engagement can become a time and place for encountering God. So, amongst other things, I hope to make 2013  a Celtic and Franciscan tinged Lent and pray that I may take time each day to pay attention and celebrate the wonder of creation: to sense the changes taking place in myself, others and the world and even those changes I cannot see. 

To A Snowdrop

To A Snowdrop

by: William Wordsworth in Expressions,

Lone flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they,/ But hardier far, once more I see thee bend / Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend, / Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day, / Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay / The rising sun, and on the plains descend;...

Aria: He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd

Aria: He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd

by: Angela McGhin in Expressions,

"He shall feed His flock like a shepherd,/ And He shall gather the lambs with His arm, with His arm./ And carry them in His bosom."  The medows are covered these days with snow, but the love of the Lord transforms the snow into a warm mantle that protects, guides and feeds his flock. No winter will overcome his life-filled care.

Prayer for safety in icy weather

Prayer for safety in icy weather

by: Angela McGhin in Expressions,

"Dear God our Heavenly Father, please guide and protect us and let your angels be our companions as we travel this week on our icy roads;" We all like the snow and enjoy its gentle landing in our rooftops, gardens and streets. However being so beautiful the snow brings also some difficulties to our lives. Someone from the North East has sent us this prayer.

The Mill and the Cross

The Mill and the Cross

by: Polish Production in Expressions,

Pieter Bruegel the Elder c. 1525 – 9 September 1569 The Procession to Calvary. We present a wonderful film of the painting, it is wonderful to watch.

CHORUSES from 'THE ROCK'

CHORUSES from 'THE ROCK'

by: Angela McGhin in Expressions,

I can't say I like shopping very much, especially the Christmas rush. This seems quite a dark poem but one that resonates with those who have a feeling of being on an ever speeding treadmill, when in reality, Christmas is about remembering God's arrival in our lives and sharing his love with one another. I recall T.S. Eliot poem.

Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

by: Carl E. Olson in Expressions,

Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and pioneer, died earlier today on the cusp of his 92nd birthday. Throughout his career, Brubeck defied conventions long imposed on jazz musicians. The tricky meters he played in “Take Five” and other works transcended standard conceptions of swing rhythm.?

Winter Song

Winter Song

by: Wilfred Owen in Expressions,
The browns, the olives and the yellows died, / And were swept up to heaven; where they glowed / Each dawn and set of sun till Christmastide,...
From Cold Unblinking Eyes

From Cold Unblinking Eyes

by: Salvatore Buttaci in Expressions,

Winter is blowing / into her hands. / from cold unblinking eyes / she handcombs wisps of silver hair and all around her we brace ourselves in the tremble of season change.