High Sierra Moment

High Sierra Moment The Toheemeanders a meadowhome in its grassesto purple perstemmen,blue lupin, orange puccoon,yellow-eyed daisies mirrors at its wide bendgray granite mountains,tamed by distancebut exacting rigorfor every step higherevery broader view I watchthe mountain water flow—so incredibly clear,lucid almost,as consciousas purpose grasped,as transparentas every brown, beige, taupe, copper, ivorypebble in its deep andslip silentlyinexorablyContinue reading “High Sierra Moment”

Poem of the Week

This is the last poem of summer. We have enjoyed sharing our favorites with you. Sister Joan wrote this one in the autumn on the north shore of Lake Superior. The Chair
 
 From the chair
 on the deck
 one can see across Lake Superior 
where it ends at the sky
 and rock there
in Grandma’s chair
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Poem of the Week

This is a prayer-poem written by a woman mystic of the 1200s, Mechtildde of Magdeburg, from the book Praying With The Women Mystics by Mary T. Malone (Columba Press, 2013). Why Not Soar? You have the wings of longing. You know the pull of hope. You feel the flowing of desire. So why not soar?Continue reading “Poem of the Week”

Poem of the Week

August 15 is the summer feast of Mary. Read this poem aloud to bring back to your heart all the ways we have learned to praise the Mother of God and our mother. Lines for a Feast of Our Lady by Alice Smith, CSJ What shall be added to your praises? The lip-worn, love-worn, heart-wornContinue reading “Poem of the Week”

Poem of the Week

Gate A-4 by Naomi Shihab Nye Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was my own gate. I wentContinue reading “Poem of the Week”

Poem of the Week

Plums, berries, apples, cherries, sweet corn, cucumbers, tomatoes. Write your own poem about them. Enjoy the colors and flavors of summer.   This Is Just To Say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold.Continue reading “Poem of the Week”

Poem of the Week

The Stems of Flowers are the Pillars of the World by Ellen Murphy, CSJ Tempered by weather welded by sun rays and metallic rain the stems of flowers rise, poised, erect as pillars they hold the world up. Light-power, stronger than stone or steel channels through leaf-scrolls along each live green column direct to itsContinue reading “Poem of the Week”

Poem of the Week

The Lake Isle of Innisfree By William Butler Yeats I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there,Continue reading “Poem of the Week”

Can You Make A Prairie?

Emily Dickinson could say it with a few words and rhythm. Memorize this poem and say it to yourself at odd times, when you have a break in the action. It may induce revery. Or a prairie. Or… To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee. AndContinue reading “Can You Make A Prairie?”

Follow the Cat

Take a hint from your cat about enjoying summer. Sleep. Sit. Enjoy. Repeat. Happy Fourth of July. Looking for summer reading material? Visit goodgroundpress.com and check out our book selection.