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“For the Artist life is an ongoing adventure of inspiration.”

Winsome Gunning “To Heal” on Winsome Gunning Art Walk

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“I think most poets . . .  are writing because they must—because the poem’s creation answers an emotional or spiritual need that they associate with survival.”

Christine Garren in an interview with Terry Kennedy

CSX 5262 stopped beside the footbridge
in Rocky Mount. A crew-change occurred
in honeysuckle air. The sun would soon be

setting, black smoke curl onto the train’s
blue back as it rode the rails into night
in its “dark future” coat. The conductor

completed his checklist. The engineer finished
his. And the final train of the day headed south,
while we drove west toward home.

 

My poem, “Songs of War,” first published in 2003 on the web site of Poets Against War, in now on The Peace Tree along with “How To Be Free in a War-Ridden World,” posted yesterday on this blog and as a comment to “Is an ‘Ode to Joy’ Currently Possible?” on Sherry Chandler’s blog.

See how easily peace can spread, when we make that our goal?

Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for uprightness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness” (Matthew 5:3-10). These words offer us a self-portrait of Jesus. Jesus is the Blessed One. And the face of the Blessed One shows poverty, gentleness, grief, hunger, and thirst for uprightness, mercy, purity of heart, a desire to make peace, and the signs of persecution.

The whole message of the Gospel is this: Become like Jesus. We have his self-portrait. When we keep that in front of our eyes, we will soon learn what it means to follow Jesus and become like him.

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