the end of poetry month


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)



  1. 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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