Reflections from the Rector - July 2019
Just this week, a friend and I were chatting and they shared with me the work of a new-to-me poet. It had a warming effect, as it fired up a part of my heart I had let run cold. In college, I majored in English and minored in Creative Writing, and as a Creative Writing minor, I specifically studied a style of poetry called blank verse. The first rule of becoming a poet is that you have to read poetry, which I took very seriously then. Over time, I've lost that identity--poet--but as I read some poetry this week, I felt her begin to return.
A single poem sent to me in a text message started a chain reaction, as I started to read poetry again. Then I remembered, just yesterday, that the new U.S. Poet Laureate is someone we should all acquaint ourselves with, as she is the first Oklahoman and first Native American to be given this honor. I highly suggest taking the time to read some of her work!
And, for this month's newsletter, I will help you accomplish that task. Enjoy this poem from U.S. Poet Laureate, Native American, and Oklahoman Joy Harjo, which feels to me like a beautiful theology of prayer.
"Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo
Peace be with you,