A Simple Thought on Not Publishing One’s Thoughts

A Simple Thought on Not Publishing One's Thoughts

Ignore, for a minute, the tremendous irony of the title. Some time ago, a friend of mine who is a Benedictine monk (and priest) shared with me a remark made by his novice master: “Every now and then, try to have an unpublished thought.” That small remark has stuck with me in the back of … Read more…

Audio Poem: Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Neighbor God”

In a small red purse in my bag, I keep a prayer card of the Holy Face. I’ve carried it with me for over a year now. Whenever I look at it, it pulls me down out of vanity, into the earth, into the darkness of the tomb where Christ’s body awaits the dawn and the rolling … Read more…

A Poem for When You’re About Ready to Give Up

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Much like “Bog,” this is an oldie, because at the moment I have nothing else. Honestly. That’s the primary reason. But bear with me, because there’s another reason, this one rather less humiliating. This is a poem about change … about things ending and beginning, and the scary stage in between. It’s a concept I’m half-battling, half-drowning … Read more…