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:
2 Peter 3:8-15a

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Patience
Emily Dickinson

Patience – has a quiet Outer –
Patience – Look within –
Is an Insect’s futile forces
Infinites – between –

‘Scaping one – against the other
Fruitlesser to fling –
Patience – is the Smile’s exertion
Through the quivering –

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

 
 
CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Patience
Mary Oliver

There wasn’t
time enough for all the wonderful things
I could think of to do

in a single day. Patience
comes to the bones
before it takes root in the heart

as another good idea.

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