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Lectionary Poetry – Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Lectionary Poetry

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.

 
 

*** Narrative Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:
Acts 16:16-34

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

I never hear the word “Escape”
Emily Dickinson

I never hear the word “Escape”
Without a quicker blood,
A sudden expectation –
A flying attitude!

I never hear of prisons broad
By soldiers battered down,
But I tug childish at my bars
Only to fail again!

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

 
 

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

To Prisoners
Gwendolyn Brooks

SNIPPET:

I call for you cultivation of strength in the dark.
Dark gardening
in the vertigo cold.
in the hot paralysis.

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