Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – 17th Sunday After Pentecost ( Year B )

With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week (Revised Common Lectionary).

 
 

*** Revised Common Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:
James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

On Gut
Ben Jonson

Gut eats all day and lechers all the night;
So all his meat he tasteth over twice;
And, striving so to double his delight,
He makes himself a thoroughfare of vice.
Thus in his belly can he change a sin:
Lust it comes out, that gluttony went in.

*** This poem is in the public domain, 
  and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.

 
 

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Lust
Yusef Komunyakaa

Snippet:

If only he could touch her,
Her name like an old wish
In the stopped weather of salt
On a snail. He longs to be

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