Category Archives: Poem

War Has Been Given a Bad Name

December 27, 2015 War Has Been Given A Bad Name By Bertold Brecht I am told that the best people have begun saying How, from a moral point of view, the Second World War Fell below the standard of the … Continue reading

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Jesus Meets Shadow

December 8, 2015 Imagined by Neil Gaiman: “Have you ever thought about what it means to be a god?” asked the man.  He had a beard and a baseball cap. “It means you give up your mortal existence to become … Continue reading

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Dover Beach, by Matthew Arnold

December 1, 2015 Dover Beach By Matthew Arnold The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering … Continue reading

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Did I Serve? I’ve Never Been Under Fire

February 24, 2015 There’s a certain luster in having served in the military. Members of Congress like to claim it, journalists, too, even when these claims don’t turn out to be accurate. Having served in an elite branch of the … Continue reading

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For the Fruits of His Creation, Thanks Be to God

November 10, 2014 At First Parish Church yesterday we sang a hymn written by Fred Pratt Green in 1970 called “For the Fruits of His Creation.” The words are lovely; the final verse concludes with these:  For the wonders that … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare, “The current that with gentle murmur glides”

May 25, 2013 The current that with gentle murmur glides Thou knowest, being stopped, impatiently doth rage; But when his fair course is not hindered He makes sweet music with th’ enamelled stones, Giving a gentle kiss at every sedge … Continue reading

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A New Hymn, “In the Midst of New Dimensions”

May 12, 2013 On this Mother’s Day, I had the chance to sing a new hymn whose words (and music) I like a great deal. Hymn singing is one of the pleasures of attending a United Church of Christ (UCC) … Continue reading

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