poetry

poetry

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.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 22, 2015

Parker Palmer pens an elegy to mark the anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination — a balm for a hurting world.

BY Becky LeBlanc November 17, 2015

When the complexities of life challenge us, we find ourselves longing for simplicity. A poetic rumination on the desire to bolster belief with understanding.

BY Omid Safi November 15, 2015

How should we receive the news from Paris? Omid Safi shares a few thoughts on the attacks after spending a day of silence.

BY Omid Safi November 05, 2015

The ego must die in order for love to rise. Omid Safi with a praise song for the maturing face of love.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 04, 2015

What makes each child unique cannot be measured or scored. A nourishing story from a school principal on the "many ways of being smart" and testing children.

BY Beth Bachmann October 21, 2015

The limitations of language can be a barrier to deep connection. But the metaphor of unity and interconnectedness found in a sculpture by Jaume Plensa reminds us of the power of art and poetry to traverse this boundary.

BY Chelsea Fullerton October 20, 2015

Autumn inhabits the stretch in between beginnings and endings — and students dwell in that same space. With the help of Rilke, an educator voices the call to "live everything," "have patience with what is unresolved," and to "love the questions."

BY Mary Oliver October 16, 2015

A poem for the passing of summer, a song for the shadow, and an invocation for attention.

BY Mary Oliver October 14, 2015

A requiem for the holiness that's visible — in the trees, the mountains, and the rivers. Permission to lean into wonder and to linger in beauty incarnate.

BY Trent Gilliss October 13, 2015

From small kindnesses to a classic love song reimagined and singleness to transformation, Trent Gilliss poetically curates an intermingling of murmurations and ideas — including a remembrance of the legendary Grace Lee Boggs.

BY Helen Moore October 08, 2015

An expression of gratitude for this fine day. A morning murmuration, if you will, for all the things we may take for granted in performing our daily rituals and taking stock of life's simple pleasures.

BY Parker J. Palmer September 30, 2015

Politics can divide more often than unite. But, deep involvement in the civic sphere doesn't mean we have to sacrifice empathy and civility.

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