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I have a new poem, In Which Scene and Plot May Vary From the Movie You Actually Think You Saw, in Referential Magazine. 

Thanks to editor Jessie Carty and to good friend Clare Martin who wrote the essay, “The White Crane,” that my poems refers from.

Merton’s Voice:

In other words, life is not a straight horizontal line between two points, birth and death. Live curves upward to a peak of intensity, a high point of value and meaning, at which all its latent creative possibilities go into action and the person transcends himself or herself in encounter, response, and communion with another.

Merton, Thomas. eds. Naomi Burton Stone and Br. Patrick Hart. Love and Living (New York: Harcourt, 1979) 27

Psalm 71: 6

Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.


While at supper with his disciples, Jesus was troubled in spirit and declared, ‘I tell you most solemnly, one of you will betray me’. (John 13)

Nouwen’s Voice:

Love is free. Love can never be forced. A God who loves is one who risks that the love offered may not be received.