Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – 2nd Sunday of Christmas (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: John 1:1-18

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

A Word is Dead
Emily Dickinson

A WORD is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day.

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

Ode to Words
Gregory Orr

SNIPPET:

“And the word
Was made
Fresh”–

Each one
Baked daily.|
It’s the bread

By which we live.

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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