Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – Second Sunday in Lent (Year C)

 
 

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:
Luke 13: 31-35

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Politics
William Butler Yeats

“In our time the destiny of man presents its meanings in political terms.”
-Thomas Mann

How can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics,
Yet here’s a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there’s a politician
That has both read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and war’s alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms.

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

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Fox
Caki Wilkinson

SNIPPET:

The yards grow ghosts. Between the limbs and wings,
bleached street-lit things, I’m best at moving on.

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