Category: Poetry

Poem: "He who Seeks Me will Find Me"
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Poem: “He who Seeks Me will Find Me”

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He who Seeks Me will Find Me Hear this day My answer O child, The answer you have sought from Me. Know that it is the Lord Who speaks, He Who knows your every need. I am faithful to my servants, I am truth everlasting, I am life eternal, I am Lord of all. He […]

Poem: "The Convent Threshold"
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Poem: “The Convent Threshold”

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The Convent Threshold There’s blood between us, love, my love, There’s father’s blood, there’s brother’s blood; And blood’s a bar I cannot pass: I choose the stairs that mount above, Stair after golden skyward stair, To city and to sea of glass. My lily feet are soiled with mud, With scarlet mud which tells a tale […]

Poem: "The Right to Perish..."
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Poem: “The Right to Perish…”

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The Right to Perish Might be Thought (Part Five: The Single Hound V) The right to perish might be thought An undisputed right, Attempt it, and the Universe upon the opposite Will concentrate its officers— You cannot even die, But Nature and Mankind must pause To pay you scrutiny.  Emily Dickinson

Poem: "Haunted Heart"
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Poem: “Haunted Heart”

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Haunted Heart I happened upon it so I’ll tell the odd tale Of a heart that lives where the cold winds wail On a dark lonely street where shadows are cast In a town I once found in my heartless old past Searching for answers, warmed by sunlight That town nearby was dark like a […]

Poem: "Who is Safe on Loose Planks?"
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Poem: “Who is Safe on Loose Planks?”

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Who is Safe on Loose Planks? If I am to have hope, it must be in the Lord For in who else can I turn in an hour of darkness? Who else can provide lasting assurance, but the Lord? There are many who can arise to the occasion. But which of these will survive the […]

Poem: "Fame is a Fickle Food"
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Poem: “Fame is a Fickle Food”

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Fame is a Fickle Food (Part 5: The Single Hound IV) Fame is a fickle food Upon a shifting plate, Whose table once a Guest, but not The second time, is set. Whose crumbs the crows inspect, 5 And with ironic caw Flap past it to the Farmer’s corn; Men eat of it and die. […]

Poem: "A Better Resurrection"
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Poem: “A Better Resurrection”

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A Better Resurrection Have no wit, no words, no tears; My heart within me like a stone Is numb’d too much for hopes or fears; Look right, look left, I dwell alone; I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with grief No everlasting hills I see; My life is in the falling leaf: O Jesus, quicken […]

Poem: "I Had a Dream Last Night"
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Poem: “I Had a Dream Last Night”

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I Had a Dream Last Night I had a dream last night. It was a simple dream. Really all I remember is the call from God, or an angel: “If you want to be great in God’s Kingdom, learn to be the servant of all.” Simple words. A child’s words. But they weren’t simple in […]

Poem: "Tomorrow Comes and Then Another"
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Poem: “Tomorrow Comes and Then Another”

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Tomorrow Comes and Then Another Father, my Father, the God of my heart, What is it you want of me? What is it that you ask of this flock? Your mystery is before me Through all my days and nights. I come always to adore you, But what do you want with my life? You […]

Poem: "Aubade at Half-Past Six on a Cold Winter Morning"
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Poem: “Aubade at Half-Past Six on a Cold Winter Morning”

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Aubade at Half-Past Six on a Cold Winter Morning Dawn’s first light shivers through half-opened blinds, creating new patterns on our old blanket. The rise and fall of your chest tethers me to the moment tighter than the memory of your warm embrace. I get up anyway and make the coffee. Maria Johnson

Poem: "A Birthday"
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Poem: “A Birthday”

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A Birthday My heart is like a singing bird Whose nest is in a water’d shoot; My heart is like an apple-tree Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit; My heart is like a rainbow shell That paddles in a halcyon sea; My heart is gladder than all these, Because my love is come to […]

Poem: "Who are you Sir? Do I know You?"
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Poem: “Who are you Sir? Do I know You?”

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Who are you Sir? Do I know You? Who are you Sir? Do I know you? May I come by from time to time? To sit and listen to the wind As you read? Am I in your book? Am I a subject that delights your mind? Do I have a chance of a place […]

Poem: "A Sunset"
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Poem: “A Sunset”

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A Sunset From Hugo’s ‘Feuilles d’Automne’ I love the evenings, passionless and fair, I love the evens, Whether old manor-fronts their ray with golden fulgence leavens, In numerous leafage bosomed close; Whether the mist in reefs of fire extend its reaches sheer, Or a hundred sunbeams splinter in an azure atmosphere On cloudy archipelagos. Oh […]

Poem: "With My Hand I Set This Pen"
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Poem: “With My Hand I Set This Pen”

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With My Hand I Set This Pen With my hand I set this pen, With full knowledge of the Author, For great words flow only from the great, And the pen and the hand only follow. So it is with God and me— He speaks, I write, He wrenches me, I feel, He informs me, […]

Poem: "The Christmas Presence"
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Poem: “The Christmas Presence”

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The Christmas Presence He came to Exist in a world of cold; Bereft of a loving heed. Not once to bring a thing we want, But Instead everything we Need. This time of year when people hurry; A’herding here to there, A time of frantic maw and sup, A time beref’t real care. He was […]

John B. Tabb - Priest-Poet
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Tabb’s Poetry XLVIII

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Five poems for Christmas Day by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "Veiled Love"
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Poem: “Veiled Love”

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Veiled Love Love mysteriously veiled draws the lover into his mystery. In search of beauty hidden, she pursues him. Yet he nurtures romance, revealing only wisps of golden hair Blowing seductively, luring her with his scent. Fleeting romance, blushing faces, love unknown Remains mysterious, as the bud unfolds. Pricking her finger she recoils… Lover. Lover? […]

Poem: "The Song of the Wolf"
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Poem: “The Song of the Wolf”

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The Song of the Wolf The old wolf saw the shining star That twinkled in the sky, He followed in it’s silver trail That led him by and by. To a poor and rustic stable Beyond the town’s far rim, Where something stirred His proud wild heart And seemed to beckon him. But when he […]

John B. Tabb - Priest-Poet
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Tabb’s Poetry XLVII

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "The Scent of the Run"
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Poem: “The Scent of the Run”

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The Scent of the Run A silent afternoon, but for my pounding feet And the beat inside my headset which Inspires me down the road. Horses nod their heads, and whinny, As I run by the field Where they graze in a freedom, That I attempt to mimic. I leap across a log, fallen long […]

Poem: "Climb the High Mountain Peaks"
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Poem: “Climb the High Mountain Peaks”

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Climb the High Mountain Peaks For the glory of God, all things are to be done, For the glory of God is the servants’ cry, For the Glory of God is all that should be sought, For man is but an instant. God is eternal. Seek not the pleasures of this life For your own […]

John B. Tabb - Priest-Poet
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Tabb’s Poetry XLVI

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Poem: "Brown Sugar and Cinnamon"
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Poem: “Brown Sugar and Cinnamon”

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Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Heaven smells like brown sugar and cinnamon, Don’t you think? And if it doesn’t, what then? It must smell like fresh rain, then. Or my grandmas’s kitchen on a Saturday afternoon. It could smell like a baby after a warm bath, part soap, part lotion, part angel. Or firewood on a […]

Poem: "When the Snowbird Sings"
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Poem: “When the Snowbird Sings”

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When the Snowbird Sings The snowbird sings his winter song And sings it merrily, When frost is sparkling in the sun There on the holly tree. The lovely song of tinkling bells Is bright and sweet to hear, And like the white and silent snow Falls softly on the ear. So tiny snowbird sing your […]

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