Archive for the 'Poetry' Category

January 3, 2015

two enemies

I have two enemies in all the world, Two twins, inseparably pooled: The hunger of the hungry and the fullness of the full. This little poem I recently came across by Marina Tsvetaeva well describes my own feelings. After 40 years of walking along side the poor and hungry I still cannot reconcile myself to […]

December 25, 2014

a Christmas prayer

Sometimes during the excitement and joy of celebrating the deep beauty of this special season we forget those of our family whose circumstances cry out for the presence of the One whose birth we celebrate. This Christmas Prayer from the METHODIST FEDERATION FOR SOCIAL ACTION is a powerful reminder that we are all called to become […]

October 14, 2014

boils and scabies (and the Golden Rule)

I love Sufi poetry, and Rumi and Hafiz have long been favorites. I recently came across this delightful quote by Rumi and I share it now because of its timeliness in my own life. When a man has boils or scabies,, he isn’t disgusted with himself; he puts his infected hand in his dish and […]

July 17, 2014

living more gently

It’s been a long time since I’ve read Coleridge. How many of us first encountered him in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?  Written in 1798, the poem still has a truth we need to hear today. We are all connected in a beautiful web of life that includes everything, not just our human family. Remembering that […]

June 18, 2014

hunger: a simple defininition

Hunger is not an issue… Hunger is not a problem… Hunger is an obscenity… vulgar graffiti scrawled across the lives of millions because we do not care, because we do not share. Hunger is Hell. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about […]

May 30, 2014

not just a dream

On the wall in the lobby of the World Bank headquarters are the words of OUR DREAM IS A WORLD FREE OF POVERTY. If we act now with wisdom and foresight, if we show courage, if we think globally and allocate our resources accordingly, we can give our children a more peaceful and equitable world. […]

May 4, 2014

“And flesh and blood so cheap!”

  “Happier were those pierced by the sword than those pierced by hunger, whose life drains away, deprived of the produce of the field. – Lamentations 4:9 The words of the Prophet Jeremiah echo loudly today as we witness the brutality and senseless violence in South Sudan. The echoes can be heard in the headlines […]

February 11, 2013

the perfect stillness

It’s always a mystery to me how our consumeristic society can so quickly and easily turn something so beautiful into something so profitable. Valentine’s Day is a case in point. In three days we will celebrate Valentine’s Day. And all of us know what that means. For anyone with a spouse, partner, or significant other, […]