Live Reading: A Prayer for Faith

A Prayer for Faith A wise woman told me  If you’re going to be a faith-keeper  you better step out on  faith. Though sometimes faith  appears a just a thin sheet of ice spread over the water tenuous at best  on the first day of  spring. Do you notice how it  shimmers at dawn? Can […]

Redemption: A Poem

Redemption     i have been unwanted and I have been desired   i have been praised and I have been called names   i have been pushed down and I have been held up    i have been torn down and I have stood up    i have been neglected and I have been […]

Has a Poem Ever Made You Cry?

Donald Hall died Saturday.  Donald Hall was an extraordinary poet who I came to know through the poetry of his wife, Jane Kenyon, who quickly became one of my favorite writers for her spare, essential descriptions of life, nature, and ultimately, death. (She died at age 47 of leukemia.) Kenyon was much younger than her […]

Strike While the Iron is Hot

    While I am not writing a poem a day this year inspiration still strikes from time to time, if I set down my phone and sit down with a pen and paper. This piece wrote itself this week – here is a rough draft, just the way it appeared to me:   we […]

Notes From My Retreat: Day 1

I went on retreat earlier this month. You can read a little bit about it here. It is a beautiful, magical place filled with silence and divinity. Here is a draft of something I wrote when I arrived: 2017 Retreat; Big Sur This is where I spent my 40th birthday. This is where I fought […]