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Poetry Gathering Themes

These are actual pages from my desktop document, alluded to in the article on the WordSPA website, Where to Get Ideas for Poetry Circles. (Just so you can see that messy collections are ok!) Now start your own, and start cookin’.

  • Good birds, Good words
  • The Japanese phrase wabi sabi describes the ability to find joy and beauty in
  • things incomplete, imperfect, and impermanent. This concept is worth cultivating.
  • The texture of being alive
  • In time grey age o’er took him
  • Healing the Spirit
  • Yugen
  • Trees
  • Have you got a brook in your little heart from the Emily Dickinson poem
  • Say she was happy, Say she knew it (see poem “Biography” by Jan Struther that ends with this line)
  • “You never knew which split second might be the zigzag bolt dividing all that went before from the everything that comes next.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior
  • “If God ever spoke, He is still speaking. If He has ever been in mutual and reciprocal communication with the persons He has made, He is still a communicating God as eager as ever to have listening and receptive souls. If there is something of His image and superscription in our inmost structure and being, we ought to expect a continuous revelation of His will and purpose through the ages…. He is the Great I Am, not a Great He Was. – Rufus Jones
  • lacuna\luh-KOO-nuh\ 1 :a blank space or a missing part : gap; also : deficiency, inadequacy
  •  Help, Thanks, Wow–the title of Anne LaMott’s book on the 3 essential prayer
  • Thirst
  • Ordinary joys
  • Commitment
  • The third half of Life
  • The love of impermanent things
  • Advice to myself
  • Leaps of faith
  • The captured moment
  • Omusubi
  • Calling
  • To be of Use
  • “In my own worst seasons I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full, dark sphere behind the crescent moon. Until I learned to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide In Tucson: Essays From Now Or Never
  • Holy Habits
  • Walking on my Hands
  • To bless and to curse
  • Pentimento
  • All that is glorious
  • Advice
  • Seasons of change
  • Turbulence and Calm
  • I believe…help my unbelief
  • Gratitude and Abundance
  • Keep me Green
  • Albert Einstein said “Human beings are a part of the whole called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affections for a few persons nearest us. Our task is to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
  • Ubuntu–An African ethical philosophy some translate as “the essence of being human”. Ubuntu is based on the notion that we are completely interconnected, and so our actions should factor in all of humanity, because our action, affects everyone.
  • An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
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  • Ground and Blossoms
  • Field guide to life
  • Open doors
  • All I have to Bring
  • Sabbath hopes
  • Sons and Daughters
  • A day with….a certain poet
  • The ties that bind us
  • Games with God
  • Songs of myself
  • Released from the past
  • These bones will speak
  • Connection and solitude
  • Have you got a brook in your little heart
  • We can’t right all wrongs but we can maintain a hopeful confidence that God bats last.
  • Poems of morning and evening– from Wendell Berry “At night make me one with the darkness/In the morning make me one with the light.”
  • The captured moment
  • Calling
  • The guest house and then use Rumi’s “This being human is a guest house./Every morning a new arrival.
  • “Engrave this upon your heart: there isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you heard their story.” – Mary Lou Kownacki
  • “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” – Emily Dickinson

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