Category Archives: Poetry

Ode to my Beloved

Caged Bird with a Key. Ode to Psyche O Goddess! hear these tuneless numbers, wrung By sweet enforcement and remembrance dear, And pardon that thy secrets should be sung Even into thine own soft-conched ear: Surely I dreamt to-day, or … Continue reading

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Bleak Mid-Winter Solstice

-a la Mr Christopher Frye & Ms Christina Rossetti – † The darkest time in the year, The poorest place in the town, Cold, and a taste of fear, Man and woman alone, What can we hope for here?   … Continue reading

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Holiness & My Father who art in Heaven

                I made a bold statement the other day and I have been thinking about it ever since.  I proclaimed that my Dad was the holiest man I know.  And so I have … Continue reading

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A Gift to Un-rap

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Hocus Pocus

                † Crocus Heaven, pushing through the soil on my Lenten desert spring walk this morning. Little pockets of golden nestled treasure and Lenten purple cloaked bulbs, like closed fingers in prayer, wanting … Continue reading

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Beloved Intentions

The book of Ruth “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, … Continue reading

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magsmuse 1st birthday ~ celebrated with St John of the Cross

  † Today I am secretly celebrating magsmuse one year anniversary of blogging.  What better way could there possibly be, than to celebrate with two poems of Love!  † Last week at university, a dearest gentle lady, a fellow student who is a Catholic … Continue reading

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Christina Rossetti

Radio 4 In Our Time Christina Rossetti Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of the Victorian poet Christina Rossetti. You can listen again by clicking on the above link. Wonderful x Biography    [www.bbc.co.uk/poetryseason/poets/christina_rossetti.shtml] “One of … Continue reading

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The Love of the Letter

There is something so beautifully poignant and so romantically unsurpassable, encapsulated in the history of the written words of Love, as three times I have discovered in the last few weeks alone. Before Frank Thompson was posted to the Middle … Continue reading

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Sky’s are Blue & the Meadows are Sweet

To two Altar Server’s  (very very special one’s) To be Christ’s page at the altar, To serve Him freely there, Where even angels falter, Bowed low in reverent prayer. To touch the throne most holy, To hand the gifts for … Continue reading

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Poetry, Theology and Life

Paul Cezanne – The Kiss of the Muse 1859-1860 I spent the past two days at  The Power of The Word: Poetry, Theology and Life   ‘An international conference placing the ‘truth’ of Poetry and the ‘truth’ of Theology in discussion … Continue reading

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John Donne, Mary Magdalene and The Gnostic Gospels,

TO THE LADY MAGDALEN HERBERT, OF ST. MARY MAGDALEN. by John Donne HER of your name, whose fair inheritance Bethina was, and jointure Magdalo, An active faith so highly did advance, That she once knew, more than the Church did know, … Continue reading

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The English National Ballet and Friedrich Ruckert

Black and White If there’s only one treat you shouldn’t deny yourself of this Lent, then It has to be this Ballet. It is an awkward ecliptic mix of the contemporary and classical and is by no means perfect. But … Continue reading

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The Jungle and the Desert

Last night I watched the 1998 Terrence Malik film ‘The Thin Red Line’.  This is a film that heightens the senses, with its beautiful Pacific photography, graphically intimate camera work, devastating circumstances and soul arousing script. I thought of the … Continue reading

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