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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gather to Praise

Gather to Praise     

This day give thanks
for life, for promise,
for hope in abundance.

Gather us in,
the old and the new.
Celebrate life,


regret hardened to bitterness,
views hardened to certainty,
fear and doubt,
loneliness and anxiety.

Gather us in.  Gather in us;
joy and life
rise anew.
This day give thanks,
give thanks.

This is a poem of omissions, created from something found, something already written.  Words are crossed out of the original to leave other words behind, which themselves create a poem, something old and new that captures an essence.  The original writing is an Easter Sunday bulletin from St. Paul’s United Church in Riverview, NB.  The original work is not mine; this is my word play, a search for the essence.


Jane Tims said...

Hi Carol. Thank you for your words about the creation of the poem. Jane

Carol Steel said...

It was a fun creative exercise to explore finding the essential meaning in a much longer piece...it brought up all sorts of interesting sparks.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Changing an original piece like this is a great way to create poetry and as you say find the essence of a text. I like what you've come up with!

Beautiful photo too!

Carol Steel said...

Thanks. The language in this was poetic to begin with so peeling it down to an essence was easy. I'll try it with something more complicated next time. I like the photo too.

Deborah Carr said...

You are stretching. Nice.

Carol Steel said...

Thanks, Deborah.