Lectionary Poetry – Sixth Sunday of Epiphany (Year A)

Lectionary Poetry Advent

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:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20   or Sirach 15:15-20



The Gift of Life
Edith Nesbit

Life is a night all dark and wild,
Yet still stars shine:
This moment is a star, my child –
Your star and mine.

Life is a desert dry and drear,
Undewed, unblest;
This hour is an oasis, dear;
Here let us rest.

Life is a sea of windy spray,
Cold, fierce and free:
An isle enchanted is to-day
For you and me.

Forget night, sea, and desert: take
The gift supreme,
And, of life’s brief relenting, make
A deathless dream.

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


Choose Life
Andre Breton

Found in:
Andre Breton: Selections


Choose life with its conspiratorial sheets
Its scars from escapes
Choose life choose that rose window on my tomb
The life of being here nothing but being here
Where one voice says Are you there where another answers Are you there



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