Category Archives: Devotional Poetry

Your Monday blessing: At Least

At leastan elm treesitting amidst birdsongunder cloudy skies At leastthis much peaceright now

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Passover

Even today, Passover is a miracle. Last night, there were houses not skipped by plague,Bullets found their way through windows and bone,And in so many guises, the horriblemoment – the long-feared moment – paid its visit. This happens again and … Continue reading

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Friends of the Red Bird

There are a few creatures on this earth of ours,that I like to imagineknow just about everythingthere is to know:cats, of course; and the cherry blossom fully illuminated;and Mary Oliver. The cat rushesto his square window and I to mine,desperate … Continue reading

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The Meadow

Dedicated to UU Catskills’ New Members, 2022 Nature is always telling the storyof the individual and the collective Every solitary blade of grassin a field of ten billiongrows only to its own inner rhythm;dances out, on its own terms,its own … Continue reading

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Scheduled Attempts at Delight

In December, the people turn their attentionto joy.We don’t do it well, of course:the baubles are tacky, the sales crowded,we line up in a fifty-minute queueto see exactly what we already knew was going to happen,happen just as we knew … Continue reading

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Safecracker

happinesscan be cultivatedperhapsboil the kettle for a cup of teaor go for a walkor write a twelve-part novel on the love life of the urban sasquatchand happiness could easily growin facthappiness is a little like crabgrassit doesn’t take all that … Continue reading

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The Starting Line of Kindness

The starting line of kindness can be anywhere.It can begin with good intentions, or boredom, or practical notions.An overheard word at the bus stop, a dropped grocery bag,A strange creature limping, a moment’s silence at the hospital room –All are … Continue reading

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The Classroom of the Gods

The gods, like children,do not take all that naturally to instruction –like children, they are only too aware of their own immortality,and surrender it only under duress.While staring, past the glass,at a mountain of leavesthat waits invitingly in the alley … Continue reading

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Shrove Tuesday

In 2022, on Shrove Tuesday,forty miles of Russian tanks drove into Kiev,as a global climate report announced that more parts of the planetwould soon be hot, underwater, rife with mosquitos, or extinct.The pandemic had been going for two years. It … Continue reading

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Dedication

Written on your heart are the words“This heart is dedicated to _________”After that comes playing the piano,or Maude, or the sacred mantra of your children’s names.Some names have been crossed out, and you can barely make outthe letters beneath all … Continue reading

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