Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – 19th Sunday After Pentecost (Year A)

Lectionary Poetry Trinity Sunday

Each week we carefully curate a collection of  poems that resonate with the lectionary readings for that week (Narrative Lectionary and Revised Common Lectionary).
 
 

*** Revised Common Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

(NOTE: this lectionary text and associated poems are the same as that of this week’s Narrative Lectionary.)
 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church
Emily Dickinson

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church –
I keep it, staying at Home –
With a Bobolink for a Chorister –
And an Orchard, for a Dome –

Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice –
I, just wear my Wings –
And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church,
Our little Sexton – sings.

God preaches, a noted Clergyman –
And the sermon is never long,
So instead of getting to Heaven, at last –
I’m going, all along.

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

 
 

 CONTEMPORARY POEM:

I Give You Back
Joy Harjo

SNIPPET:

I release you, my beautiful and terrible fear.
I release you.
You were my beloved and hated twin, but now, I don’t know you as myself.
I release you with all the pain I would know at the death of my daughters.

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