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Reflections from the Rector - July 2019

Posted by Mother Erin on July 12, 2019 1 Comment

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

To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can’t see, can’t hear;
Can’t know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren’t always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.

Peace be with you,

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Beverly Rodgers

July 25, 2019 at 3:08pm | Permalink

Thank you for sharing this poem. I would have missed it otherwise. It resonated with the Indian spirit within me.

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