poem

poem

BY Marie Howe September 06, 2016

Marie Howe marks the space left in her life by her late brother — tiny movements and moments now conspicuously absent. A tender elegy for a loved one gone too soon.

BY Anita Barrows September 05, 2016

In this solemn reflection in summer light, Anita Barrows draws out the sweet tension of sorrow in the midst of beauty.

BY Carrie Newcomer September 03, 2016

A life is composed of the ordinary and extraordinary, remarkable and mundane. An expression of gratitude from Carrie Newcomer for all of it, from big love to good coffee.

BY Trent Gilliss September 02, 2016

A reassuring, imagined moment of silence and clarity in the face of a frenetic world, with the guidance of Sylvia Boorstein and Pablo Neruda.

BY Alicia Partnoy September 01, 2016

A powerful love is often quiet in its intensity. Alicia Partnoy reads her poem, a love note to love.

BY Christian Wiman August 30, 2016

A reflection from Christian Wiman on finding God and wonder in all the world's imperfection.

BY Mary Oliver August 29, 2016

Encouragement from the far shore of life to live fully into the miracle of our existence, with purpose and awe at every waking moment.

BY Paul Muldoon August 27, 2016

Paul Muldoon pauses in a suspended moment, away from the chaos of the world, alone with the soothing roar of rain.

BY David Whyte August 26, 2016

A dawn meditation on the possibility of the day, and the quiet joy of belonging in a space of one’s own.

BY Naomi Shihab Nye August 25, 2016

From Naomi Shihab Nye, a playful address to characters in a life, in all their intriguing mundanity.

BY Wendell Berry August 23, 2016

Wendell Berry reads his poem, a celebration of human complexity, and the rich truth that emerges in moving against the grain.

BY John O'Donohue August 22, 2016

A benediction from the late, beloved John O'Donohue, for the consoling embrace of steadiness and clarity in our most difficult moments.

BY Elizabeth Alexander August 20, 2016

An ode from Elizabeth Alexander to the spaces words fill between us, and to the path they light forward to a transcendent and unifying love.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 17, 2016

Parker Palmer shares the poetry of a president: a testament to the healing power of words, and embracing the shadow and light within.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 10, 2016

Is a life made, or grown? A contemplation from Parker Palmer and Marge Piercy on the quiet, joyful work of tending to ourselves as wild, flourishing thickets of life.

BY Trent Gilliss August 09, 2016

Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 03, 2016

An invocation for gratitude — for the open spaces around us, for the quiet resilience of nature, and for the power of vulnerability to open us to new possibilities.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 27, 2016

Parker Palmer offers up a remedy for feeling adrift: embracing surprise, and taking on sense of reverence to mystery.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 06, 2016

Learning from our mistakes doesn't mean we have to obsess over our failures. Parker Palmer and Mary Oliver on the space nature provides for catharsis, so that we can move on to self-forgiveness.

BY Parker J. Palmer June 15, 2016

Loss and trauma can cast us into uncertainty. Parker Palmer finds solace in the words of William Stafford, and wonders if being lost is the first step on a path to something better.

BY Nadia Colburn April 24, 2016

Two poems for those who seek to infuse daily life with thoughtful prayer and attention.

BY Jose A. Alcantara April 04, 2016

Inspired by Rebecca Solnit's book on getting lost, a high school math teacher muses on finding true north without a reliable compass… in a poem.

BY Parker J. Palmer February 10, 2016

Life, like verse, contains beauty, grit, and uncomfortable truth. Inspired by a couplet from Thoreau, our columnist reflects on the journey of life as an artistic, creative craft, in the vein of lyrical composition.

BY Francie Monk January 13, 2016

In poesy and paint, artistic praise for holy birth in Jerusalem and beyond.

BY Siri Liv Myhrom January 07, 2016

A mother's poetic reflection on simultaneously striving to comfort and teach her children, and learn from her own mother, about the growth that can come from struggle.

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