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).
Lectionary Reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25
Washing the World
Anna Marie Sewell
lay your hands upon the truth of beauty’s loss
heavy, soft as moss, this blanket
full of tears and dust and dying
becomes ocean cradle, healing, dark
the promise, washed clean by our sorrow
today crying out, as we’re birthing tomorrow
Poet and performer Anna Marie Sewell was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and is of Mi’gmaq, Anishinaabe, and Polish heritage. She is the author of the poetry collections Fifth World Drum (2009) and For the Changing Moon: Poems and Songs (2018). Sewell’s practice incorporates poetry, song, theater, and community arts. She was poet laureate of Edmonton, Alberta, from 2011 to 2013, her tenure featuring the interactive public art installation The PoemCatcher.