I was an English lit major in college but I have not be a fan of poetry until just recently. So my theme today is poetry – three things I am loving and one not so much.
Yesterday I watched and cried through many parts of the inauguration ceremonies but the reading by Amanda Gorman did me in. Tears of hope, tears of joy, tears of Hello to being brave enough to be the light.
In December, I happened upon an Advent retreat titled A Poet Reads the Gospels. That poet was Padraig O’Tuama. He has been a poet in residence at the Church of Heavenly Rest and I have been a regular on his Zoom poetry readings, many of them focusing on poetry and scripture.
At that Advent retreat, Padraig read a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye titled Gate 4-A which sent me to my library to find a book of her poetry. I hope to read at least one book of poetry each month this year.
My plus one – the thing I don’t like about poetry, is that I waited so long to dip my toe back into these waters. In one of the One Little Word videos, Ali Edwards said she was brought up on poetry by old white guys – me too. But now I know better and I will read better. Poetry feels like a good addition to my reading life for 2021.