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Art Media Poetry Writing

Keys – A Poem

Hello there. I recently came across some poems I had written back in high school and college; while a lot of them are, well, not great, there were a few upon re-reading after all this time that I am still pretty happy with.

Here’s one I wrote about Ernest Hemingway back in May 2002. I hope that you like it. 🙂


Keys

The “last round” bell clanged, sending
Island night owls slowly shuffling out.
Drunkenly, Ernest eyed the lighthouse above tops of trees
Showing the way home, stumbling back from Sloppy Joe’s.
Cracked chips of paint cling
To his hands in the humidity, from clutching too tightly
At railings, mounting the porch steps where
Six-toed felines and a wife wait on Whitehead Street.
Frenetic keystrokes compose chapter after chapter, putting genius on paper
Before electroshock and shotgun solitude can take it away
Like Castro confiscated his Cuba, leaving
An old man and his sea of sorrow, stretching
Ninety miles to Havana Harbor.

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Art Beauty Faith Life Music

Hiraeth: A Lenten Mixtape (2017 Edition)

Songs for waiting.

Hiraeth is a Welsh word for which there is no direct English translation. The word evokes a sense of homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed; a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, and an earnest desire for a place that is hereafter beyond one’s reach across the echoes of time.”

Hiraeth: A Lenten Mixtape (2017 edition)

01. Ólafur Arnalds – Þú ert sólin
02. Lowercase Noises – I Need Thee
03. Bifrost Arts – Psalm 126 (feat. Molly Parden)
04. Sufjan Stevens – Ah Holy Jesus
05. Young Oceans – Come to Us O Lord
06. Hammock – Hiraeth
07. Sandra McCracken – Have Mercy
08. A Rocha Arts – Tree of Life (feat. Andy Gullahorn)

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Art Beauty Music

Sandra McCracken – Psalms

Beautiful new album from the talented Sandra McCracken. I’ve been listening to it non-stop for a couple of months. Highly recommended.

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Art Beauty Faith Media

Agnus Dei

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Art Beauty Musings Reading

Wendell Berry – Like The Water

Autumn doesn’t officially start until Saturday, but we’ve been having a preview here in Charlottesville for the past week or so. Crisp mornings, cool evenings, leaves beginning to change. It’s raining today; everything is green-come-colorful outside, and there are drops on the windows. It’s a wonderful sound in the background as I work the day away.

It’s a Wendell Berry morning, for sure.

Like The Water

Like the water
of a deep stream,
love is always too much.
We did not make it.
Though we drink till we burst,
we cannot have it all,
or want it all.
In its abundance
it survives our thirst.

In the evening we come down to the shore
to drink our fill,
and sleep,
while it flows
through the regions of the dark.
It does not hold us,
except we keep returning to its rich waters
thirsty.

We enter,
willing to die,
into the commonwealth of its joy.