Opening Levertov
An encounter decades later with an author I've avoided. Or perhaps, neglected. Denise Levertov, 1923 - 1997.
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A Fire In Winter
Written in mid February, in northeastern Illinois during a warm spell after a long and cold winter. A free-form villanelle, of sorts.
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Water's Memory
This has nothing at all to do with the homeopathic belief in water memory.
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Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife
Niel Gow (1727–1807). The most famous Scottish fiddler of the eighteenth century. I first heard this song coming from a music store in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Blue Ghosts
Phausis reticulata. A species of small firefly that is found only in the uplands of the Carolinas.
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Congress Considers the Fate of the Pupfish
Previously published in Eyecatcher, a little magazine produced with support from the University of Virginia and Charlottesville businesses.
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Out of the Depths
Autumn is a liminal time, a joining place for the warm and cold seasons. A boundary like the one that separates the tilled field from the wild wood. We encounter the holy in liminal time and space.
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Anastasis
Anastasis: Christ's descent into Sheol. He was not subject to corruption during his three days in the tomb (see Acts).
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Cricket
Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find Me there. -- Gospel of Thomas
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Reaching an Unnamed Gap
Previously published in Eyecatcher, a little magazine produced with support from the University of Virginia and Charlottesville businesses.
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Eclipse
Previously published in Eyecatcher, a little magazine produced with support from the University of Virginia and Charlottesville businesses.
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Mouthful of Bitter Herbs
He has filled me with bitterness, He has made me drink wormwood. -- Lamentations 3:15
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Light
Childhood memories of my late sister from the 1950s. The first memory is of the annual Lantern Parade in Rock Island, Illinois; the second, of night rides at Christmas time to view the lights; the third, of Easter.
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Blood
The yarrow plant was used in the past to staunch nosebleeds.
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Enola Gay
Previously published in Eyecatcher, a little magazine produced with support from the University of Virginia and Charlottesville businesses.
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How We Say Goodbye
Written on the occasion of my graduation from Wheaton College, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology.
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