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This summer, FaithND will feature faithful poetry. Poems can bring to life concrete, tangible images in our minds—images that illuminate invisible realities such as grace, mercy, gratitude, faith, and hope. These poems help us touch the transcendent.

 

 

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim...

 

 

Mantis

A large cream colored mantis
captured me today...

 

 

Evidence: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

As far as I can see—water. It sits
beneath spring's greenest hills, still and cold...

 

 

Car Ride, 1979

Early morning, and the sky and pavement are both gray and wet, but inside our car it is warm and dry in such a way it almost seems to
glow with light, at least in memory. ...

 

 

The First Year of Living Alone

Each day a cloister
in which the world slips away...

 

 

Words on Yearning

You wake
tiny in the panorama.
in the ancient curves of earth: 

 

 

El Cristo de Piedra

A rock-face Christ sprawls on a skew cross...
I touch gouged eyes that weep candle wax, 
caress his ocher heart, pray to have a child...

 

 

The Bee

A ricochet,
she races, lingers...