Pandemic poems

A path in Sibley EBRP

I’ve received two beautiful ones in email, and I’m sharing them here. If you know of more, please send them to me. I find them helpful and comforting during this strange time.

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It’s a collection

This site is full of things that interest me and that I’ve created—photos I’ve taken; a few of my short stories and poems; blog posts about this & that; info about spiritual direction and my music. I named the site “Sleep on the Hearth” in reference to one of my favorite poems, D. H. Lawrence’s “Pax”….

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Sabbath, a vexation

I received a few comments from people taking me seriously, so just to make my intentions crystal clear, I’ll tell you that the following post is meant to be ironic. I guess I need to work on my humor skillz…!  Exodus 20:10 Thou shalt not do any work. Who would say that to you? Maybe a boss, if she was firing you. Maybe someone who didn’t like how you did things and wanted you to stop helping and get out of the way. “Thou shalt not do any work” is bad news. It’s the opposite of this comforting, familiar message: Thou shalt be busy at all times. If I am busy, it must mean I’m happy. If I am busy, I’m necessary. If I am busy, I feel okay. So I should stay busy. My schedule should stay busy with this and that. My mind should stay busy with a flow […]

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