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March 16: Day by Day with Father Bill

TUESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT

 
Sonnet from Richard Jones, Editor of Poetry East Magazine
 
I have no manifesto, no radical plan
To save the world, no new philosophies,
Just my hand extended in friendship. 
The challenge is unworldly: to be awake,
Aware of the way each moment connects
To art, to the past, and leads us to redeem
Language and make more songs – songs
about common little things – cups of pencils.
And noble songs about grief and beauty.
No one has ever asked me for the solution
To this hard life we are in. Why would they
And what could I say that might be of service,
Except that some have journeyed with me
In the work of poetry: beauty, mercy, and peace.
 
Father Bill +
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