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Poetry and the Christian Life

  • Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Time: 7:00pm8:00pm
  • Location: France Room

The American poet Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) said, “The poet is the priest of the invisible” (Opus Posthumous). The poet helps us to see things we might otherwise miss. The poet summons us to feel our way into deeper experience. The poet assists in the illumination of truth.

Ann Quinn and I will choose a poem of the month. Read it slowly, ponder it, reflect on it, let it speak to you, even pray it.

Our poem for the month of June is by the American poet e. e. cummings (1894-1962), “in time of daffodils.”

in time of daffodils

By e.e. cummings

in time of daffodils (who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why, remember how

in time of lilacs who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so (forgetting seem)

in time of roses (who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if, remember yes

in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek (forgetting find)

and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me, remember me