Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mag # 65


Giovanni
decadent boy
you have
the divine spark.
My peace I give unto you.
Fioretti along the path,
count each blade of grass
as your miracle

Down through the years
this shall be our rule of life:
give - give it all away.
Birds, beasts, powerless poor
treat with most exquisite tenderness

Brother Sun sing your canticle
Sister Moon shine bright, precious and beautiful
Sister Death simplify all

Stripped down
decanted
pierced
enter the fire
and emerge
Francis



*Written for Magpie Tales, where Tess Kincade provides a photo prompt. Click on title to see.





42 comments:

  1. Down through the years
    this shall be our rule of life:
    give - give it all away.
    Birds, beasts, powerless poor
    treat with most exquisite tenderness..


    love your message here, well done.
    ;)

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  2. Beautiful words, Mary, I agree with Jingle, those were my favourite lines too.

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  3. i love it!
    "count each blade of grass as your miracle"... ahhhhh....

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  4. Thank you ladies. Frank is a saint after my heart :o)

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  5. Glorious. I adore the last line.

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  6. Wow quite the message you convey
    Has been a little while since I came your way
    As busy is as busy does
    But a great read that was
    Glad your muse is still in high gear
    But it would take to long for me to count each blade of grass I fear..lol

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  7. Tess - thank you!
    Pat - appreciate your kind words
    Bluebell - thanks for stopping!

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  8. Absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed every line and was impressed throughout.

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  9. I agree with the first two comments. So who starts giving their all away first?

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  10. Dave - Thank you, I value you opinion.

    Trelli - oh gee...I'll be polite and let YOU go first, lol.

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  11. This is a very biographical poem. I love it! Wow just wonderful

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  12. Kristen - Thank you. I have to admit I googled Frankie :o)

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  13. Crap my comment disappeared here too
    Blogger can kiss my gazoo
    Anyway as said before it was a great write
    And your words are so right
    But I still won't count every blade of grass
    As in the billions that would amass..haha

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  14. Me too, mine also went in the great melt down. Good job I don't mind how often I say what a fine poem this is!

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  15. Thank you Pat and Dave. Much appreciated!

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  16. decadent boy? bold and awesome!

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  17. Thanks Marian! He was in his pre-saint days.

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  18. SO BEAUTIFUL! The "give it all away", the Brother Sun and Sister Moon. Just lovely.

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  19. "Birds, beasts, powerless poor
    treat with most exquisite tenderness"
    Love these lines. Beautifully constructed.

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  20. The best poem I've read today! I would love to showcase this as my 'spotlight poet' if you'd be so obliged.

    Here is the link to the site, info on Tuesday's spotlight poet is in the 'about' section!


    http://the-writers-cafe.blogspot.com/

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  21. This goes to the heart of St Francis' life and conversion. I saw "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" so many years ago, and remember it so well. Lovely work.

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  22. So serene and beautiful. Treat everyone with "exquisite tenderness" would be the a miracle in life that I'd love to see. I like your thoughts here.

    Raindrops"

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  23. Francis of Assisi is a favorite of mine, too. I love "enter the fire and emerge Francis" -- wow!

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  24. Sherry - Thank you. He really 'walked the talk'.
    Andymac - I appreciate your kind words.
    Kerry - Thanks! Canticle of the Sun is a really a cool prayer.
    Judy - me too! Thanks!
    Judith - Thank you, I got the idea for that line from some story, or myth that he walked through fire once to prove his faith, but it works on so many levels.

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  25. I love everything about it. Diction is ideal, form is captivating, message is delightful. Great write!

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  26. Mary,
    Very nice thoughts of St Francis.

    Eileen

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  27. I like your poem Mary and your site as well. I am a new visitor I think.

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  28. Thank you for visiting Peggy.

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  29. Hey Anna - thanks, appreciate the read.

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  30. Interesting - in a positive way - and well-written verses.

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  31. Sooo Liked your post. Did you do the tree shape on purpose like with an tree topper on top. Pretty imaginative my imagination or did you design it that way! Oh no Christmas already!

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  32. Hi SSAuthor - Sorry I missed your comment. I just center-aligned the poem, and found it pleasing. I have since been told a the regular, old left-align is more professional however. O.o But I liked the shape of this one too. Thank you!

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