• the end of poetry month

    by  • April 30, 2016 • america, change, faith, hope, poetry • 2 Comments

    the end of poetry month

    also marks the end of
    a poet a protester
    a prophet a priest
    those are not often
    captured in one person
    he was already in his forties
    when I learned who he was
    a pastor asking questions
    that didn’t come up
    in most baptist circles
    by the time I was in my
    forties I was growing
    into becoming a poet
    and more of a protester
    not because I was angry
    as much as I felt the
    weight of these sad times
    tonight feels heavy
    a poet is dead
    a prophet is dead
    let us speak what we feel
    and not what we ought to say.

    (for Daniel Berrigan)



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    2 Responses to the end of poetry month

    1. kennywood
      May 1, 2016 at 12:09 am

      this is built to last, as is he.

    2. Ann Hammon
      May 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you. My heart fell back when I saw the NYT headline. He was a poet and a prophet, and his like will not be seen again. I am grateful for his life.

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