poetry

poetry

BY Parker J. Palmer March 09, 2016

The greatest threat to American democracy doesn't come from outside but from within. Parker Palmer serves up three traits to look for in a fascist leader — and words and a poem from Abraham Lincoln and W.H. Auden.

BY Parker J. Palmer March 02, 2016

An encouragement from our house sage to see what others don't and not be afraid to show others that vision.

BY Omid Safi February 18, 2016

Reminding ourselves to breathe is simple enough, but the act of slowing down and bringing our awareness inward can be difficult. Omid Safi with a reminder that the ritual of respiration can be the place where presence of spirit begins.

BY Trent Gilliss February 16, 2016

Wise voices remind us that there are realities we can embrace. Writings on the uncomfortable but rewarding work of taking a positive orientation to the speed bumps of life, from the ennui of advanced age to communicating the most difficult truths.

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 Jeanie Greensfelder January 27, 2016

The voyage of discovery comes from seeing the world with grateful eyes. A poetic contemplation of aging, attention, and gratitude.

BY Francie Monk January 13, 2016

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

BY Parker J. Palmer January 13, 2016

It's when we sit with our silence that the world opens before us, in ways large and small. Parker Palmer reflects on Gunilla Norris' poetic words and the regrounding silence brings.

BY Jane Gross January 10, 2016

When a new beginning is ushered in with thunderous disappointment, it may be time to change it up. Jane Gross on keeping hope despite life's lemons.

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.

BY Parker J. Palmer January 06, 2016

Each year brings the loss of a life we loved. But what if our grief served as a conduit to community and creating a more thoughtful, interconnected world?

BY Elizabeth Ann O'Rourke December 30, 2015

A poem for the permeable quiet of a December evening, weaving together the lonesome sounds of a home.

BY Omid Safi December 17, 2015

More than 800 years later, the great Sufi mystic Rumi continues to influence millions. Omid Safi marvels at the unifying and ripening power of Rumi's wisdom and grace through his poetry and his presence.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 13, 2015

For the final night of Hanukkah, a poem brought on by Allen Ginsberg.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 12, 2015

The penultimate night celebrates getting older and the embers within.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 11, 2015

Finding the light isn't difficult if you find the kindness that stands before you in the face of someone you may never have met. A poem for Hanukkah.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 10, 2015

Just past the midpoint of the festival of lights, a glowing reminder that people sometimes say no.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 09, 2015

The light of Hanukkah can be found in the voice. A postcard on the fondness of listening and the musical warmth of words.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 09, 2015

The feeling of being stuck is one we all have experienced at one time or another. Beleaguered by writer's block, Parker Palmer calls upon his beginner's mind and encourages us to move forward with hope.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 08, 2015

Sometimes a poem offers insight into a dream or an event in the news. And sometimes it's about the everyday thing that never occurs.

BY Mohammed Fairouz December 05, 2015

Born into a world of chaos and uncertainty, a millennial composer calls on his fellow generation to embrace the richness of this age and go berserk with gratitude.

BY Elizabeth Ann O'Rourke December 02, 2015

For the ordinary hours, a plaintive poem for those of us on our own.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 02, 2015

Nearly 30,000 delegates from 200 nations are in Paris talking about climate change this week. Parker Palmer encourages us to open our eyes to the beauty with a poem and a challenge.

BY Andréana E. Lefton November 28, 2015

An unexpected exchange catalyzes a conversation about the essential truths of aphorisms and paring the excess without violating the mystery.

BY Chris Martin November 25, 2015

With the gift of a poem, a father marvels at the infinities embodied by his young son in this lyrical moment of parental reverence.

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