March 15, 2014
Vol. 18, Issue 1
Vol. 18, Issue 1
It’s all about…The Lamb
Maude Carolan Pych/Quarterly Poetry Letter
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches
and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
Rev 5:12 NASB
Rev 5:12 NASB
It’s all about…The Lamb is a quarterly publication for lovers of the Holy Lamb of God, who also enjoy poetry. The purpose is to magnify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and inspire an ever-deepening relationship with Him, the lover of our souls.
DURING THIS SEASON OF LENT as we approach the deep solemnity of Holy Week leading to the great crescendo of Resurrection Day, I’ve been posting poems twice weekly to my blog, to encourage contemplation of the passion of Jesus, His victorious Resurrection and all that means for us, the people for whom He died and rose.
To access the blog, “Maude’s Poems” go to: http://maudespoems.com.
JUDGING POETRY AT ST. CATHERINE’S IN RINGWOOD, NJ—
This was a new experience for me. My poet/friend Elizabeth Marchitti and I, along with Mary Crosby of Ringwood, were invited to judge the poems that were entered in this year’s St. Catherine of Bologna Art, Photography & Poetry Exhibition. We carefully read each of the poems, then huddled together to negotiate which would be the winners.
My husband and I attended this splendid exhibition last night. We enjoyed the artwork, the photography, and especially the poetry reading. As always, it was well-attended, elegant and delightful.
A special shout out to Barbara Williams Hubbard (whose poems have appeared in this publication on occasion) for winning the third place award for her poem, “Massachusetts Morning.” Kudos to my friend, retired art teacher Patricia Ley, for winning the first place award for her mixed media (linoleum print collage) titled, “The Crowd”.
“MATURE” POETRY WORKSHOP—
This is my favorite poetry workshop because people of a certain age have many life experiences to draw from, as well as a certain amount of expertise. Participation is lively and the work that is produced comes straight from the heart and the gut. The workshop is sponsored by the Poetry Center of Passaic County Community College and is being facilitated alternately by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss.
FEATURED POET: ALEXIS WILKERSON
I’m pleased to introduce you to Alexis Wilkerson. She’s a poet and member of my congregation, Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, NJ. In September, Alexis sent me some of her inspirational poems. One of them, titled, “Umbrella” made me think of showers and springtime and seems so right to share here and now, as we anticipate the sight of crocuses emerging through heaps of snow to signal winter’s swan song.
I asked Alexis to tell us about what led her to write poetry and what inspired the poem featured here. This is her reply: “My love and appreciation of poetry became evident at an early age with my aunt and grandmother often reading classic poetry to me. When I was in elementary school, I began writing poetry and enjoyed receiving recognition, in High School, when my English teacher included some of them in the school newspaper.
“The inspiration for ‘Umbrella’ was born out of peaceful, insightful moments spent alone with my savior, Jesus, and His gift of simple reminders in ordinary everyday things that He’s always lovingly caring for and protecting me, like the Great Shepherd only He can be.”
A POEM FOR LENT—
I perused through my collection of poems written during Lent in years past and selected one from 2002 to share here. It’s one of my favorites. “The Black Bronco” is about the way I spent Good Friday that year and how the Lord found a unique way to touch my spirit simply, yet profoundly.
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