Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – 2nd Sunday of Advent (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:
Psalm 85:1-2,8-13

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Farmer’s Challenge
Liberty Hyde Bailey

Blow ye winds and lay on ye storms
And come ye pests in rabble swarms
And fall ye blights in legion forms–
I am here; I surrender not
Nor yield my place one piece or jot; —
For these are my lands
And these are my hands
And I am bone of the folk that resistlessly stands.

The blood of old plowmen runs hard in my arm
Of axemen and yeomen and battlemen all
Who fought and who flinched not by marish or wall
Who met the bold day and chased ev’ry alarm;
My fatherkind sleep, but I hear the old call
And fight the hot battle by forge and by farm; —
For these are my lands 
And these are my hands
And I am bone of the folk that resistlessly stands.

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

We Forget the Land
We Stand On
(Sabbath Poem 2008, XII)
Wendell Berry

SNIPPET:

y people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…
Hosea 4:6

We forget the land we stand on
and live from. We set ourselves
free in an economy founded
on nothing, on greed verified
by fantasy, on which we entirely
depend.

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