How Soccer (Fútbol) is Like a Sonnet #Poetry #Sonnet #Soccer #Fútbol

Tonight we celebrated the end of my son’s first year of varsity soccer. In honor of that achievement, allow me to share with you a sonnet I wrote three years ago when I spoke at the girls soccer banquet where I teach. Believe it or not, soccer is like a sonnet. Both require hard work. … More How Soccer (Fútbol) is Like a Sonnet #Poetry #Sonnet #Soccer #Fútbol

On Turning 46: “Let Me Live to See a Hundred Autumns” #Poetry #Sonnet #Autumn

Autumn has always been my favorite season. Perhaps my birthday coming shortly after the autumnal equinox has biased me in favor of this rich time of harvest and change, but as I meditated on turning forty-six and my desire to live to be one hundred years old, the following sonnet emerged. I struggled to capture … More On Turning 46: “Let Me Live to See a Hundred Autumns” #Poetry #Sonnet #Autumn

Surrendered: Another Lesson from Wolf Creek #Poetry #Peace #Hope #Rest #Sonnet

It’s not Wolf Creek, but it will have to do. If I could have had a decent camera with me a few Sundays ago as I floated down the creek that borders our property, staring up into the cerulean sky with only a few cumulus clouds floating by, then I could have captured the exact … More Surrendered: Another Lesson from Wolf Creek #Poetry #Peace #Hope #Rest #Sonnet

#Poetry – A Poem a Day: Gerard Manley Hopkins #NPM22

Oh, the joy of Gerard Manley Hopkins! I wish I could capture the beauty of nature in the rich imagery and luscious syntax of this master. As much as I love “Pied Beauty” and “God’s Grandeur,” this poem resonates the loudest with me. In a time when so many people compare themselves to the false … More #Poetry – A Poem a Day: Gerard Manley Hopkins #NPM22

Remains of the Bridge: A Poetic Response to Vova Zinger’s Photography #WordPrompt #Bridge #Poetry #Photography

When I first saw this photograph posted by Vova Zinger on his website back on February 10, 2022, I knew there was a poem waiting to be found. At the time, I didn’t exactly know where to go with it, but I knew it was there, lurking just beneath the surface of those rippled waters. … More Remains of the Bridge: A Poetic Response to Vova Zinger’s Photography #WordPrompt #Bridge #Poetry #Photography

An Epiphany: Brokenness Turned Kaleidoscopic!

Though it may seem odd to some to return to the stable on Epiphany, it’s the culmination of the celebration of Christmas, and, personally this year, a reminder of my late mother who passed away five years ago on New Year’s Day. According to NationalToday.com: “Epiphany is a Christian feast day celebrating the revelation of … More An Epiphany: Brokenness Turned Kaleidoscopic!

Living Wisdom

My first encounter with Malcolm Guite came when he visited Grove City College years ago. A poet-priest-musician, my heart echoed with his song. Though I did not get up to the chapel to see him face-to-face, multiple friends of the family brought me excerpts of his work. Years later, we now own multiple collections authored … More Living Wisdom