Showing posts with label Outside Eden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Outside Eden. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Prose poem parable


Children Sulking in the Public Square
Matthew 11:16-19; Luke 7:31-35

And Jesus said:
To what shall I compare this generation?

You’re like kids, complaining to their playmates: “You don’t play right! When we played Wedding, you did not dance. When we played Funeral, you did not beat your chest and weep and wail and mourn.” Oh, grow up! When John the Baptist came playing Funeral, you said, “He has a demon!” And when The Son of Man came in like a Wedding, you said, “What a pig! He drinks too much wine and with such sinful people.” At least, that’s how it seems but seek some discernment and you’ll see some things differently – as Wisdom often does.

©2015, 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. The above prose poem first appeared in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Manger Scene: the first Christmas


Manger Scene
by Mary Harwell Sayler

Swaddled in moonlight,
the night sustains its passion:
From the skies,
a blue moon seeks its mate,
and from the heavenlies,
a New Jerusalem awaits
the coming of its counterpart –
a holy city from on high, borne
by the full moon-
shaped mouth
from which The Infant cries.



©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. “Manger Scene” first appeared in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published this year by Kelsay Books.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Divine Cardiology

by Mary Harwell Sayler

Love pours
from the veins,

rushes through
blood cells
parting a red sea.

Your infusing love
transfuses me,
induces me
to come home:

In God’s heart are
many chambers.




© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. “Divine Cardiology” appears in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.


Outside Eden, paperback





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

God and a child save Moses


Bravado
by Mary Harwell Sayler

What a beautiful baby brother you have
to hide among the reeds along the river
where you’ve seen Pharaoh’s daughter
bathe, splashing water against her kind
kohl-lined eyes. You’ve noticed her before,
haven’t you, Miriam, as you’ve gone outdoors
to play? Did you watch her as you gathered
papyrus reeds to waterproof and weave
into a tiny ark, like Noah’s, or a miniature
of an Egyptian riverboat? Did you wait for
an opportunity to float by like the basket
your mother thrust among the rushes with
the infant Moses snug inside?

When your mother rushed home, empty-
armed in anguish, you stayed behind to see
what would happen along the river’s edge.
Oh, what courage it took for you to talk to
Pharaoh’s daughter! And how clever of you
to ask if she'd like a Hebrew nurse to tend
the baby taken from the Nile. With her
permission, you brought your own mother
to take care of your brother, but who would
have thought a princess would pay you to
take him home awhile? Who would expect
the timely act of you, a child, to extract an
exiled people from the mouth of the crocodile?


© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. “Bravado” first appeared in a summer 2011 post on Catholic Lane and has been included in the new book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.


Outside Eden, paperback






Monday, June 9, 2014

Title poem for Outside Eden


Outside Eden
by Mary Harwell Sayler

Away from the flaming torches,
everything grows dark.

Does God
never
want me near?


I turn back to look,
but angels loom,
and sparks drip from wings
as though they’re bleeding.

I hear a lion roar.

Is this called fear?

I do not know what I can eat now –
every berried bite a potential toxin,
waiting to take hold.

I don’t know where or when to sleep,
but I drop down, exhausted,
hoping the serpent
won’t coil around my ear.


© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. “Outside Eden” opens the new book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.


Outside Eden, paperback