Category Archives: Poetry

What Will God Do When You Die?

Ranier Maria Rilke (internal link) was not the first to suggest that perhaps God depends on us as much as we on him, but Rilke was certainly the most gifted when it came to conveying that thought. What will you … Continue reading

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May The Road Rise With You

The first line is endlessly argued over its exact translation from the Gaelic, never-the-less, this poem sounds across different languages and strikes at the soul. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your … Continue reading

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More on Ranier Maria Rilke

“God is man’s greatest idea.” Camille Paglia Rilke is a favorite poet of mine and I’ve quoted Poems From The Book of Hours before (internal link). His mysterious writing lends itself to many interpretations, however, a chief translator of his, Babette Deutsch, … Continue reading

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The Frumious Bandersnatch!

I always return to the poetry of Lewis Carroll. It is the height of arrogance to invent new words yet Carroll did it time and again, effortlessly, beautifully, inviting us into a world entirely of his own imagination. Jabberwocky ‘Twas … Continue reading

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On a Cat Ageing

On a Cat Ageing He blinks upon the hearth-rug, and yawns in deep content, accepting all the comforts that Providence has sent. Louder he purrs, and louder, in one glad hymn of praise for all the night’s adventures, for quiet, … Continue reading

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The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling

Endless campaigns abroad are not something unique to America. I am amazed with Kipling’s brevity and wit. The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories (1902) I Keep six honest serving-men: (They taught me all I knew) Their names … Continue reading

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Ranier Maria Rilke and Ignatian Spirituality

Thumbing through Rilke’s Poems from the Book of Hours (internal link), I came across this stanza: You are the deep epitome of things that keeps its being’s secret with locked lip, and shows itself to others otherwise: to the ship, … Continue reading

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