Showing posts with label faith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label faith. Show all posts

Saturday, May 30, 2015

How to go through the eye of a need


Entering the Eye of the Needle
by Mary Harwell Sayler

In the middle of a haystack, strewn
not with straw, but the distractions
of health and wealth and power,
lies the tiny eye of the need.

How can a non-seeker see?

A prick locates the point
of discomfort, piercing
the soul – the needle
threaded, knotting
our need to
God.

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

Monday, January 26, 2015



Early Christian icon, the Virgin of Vladimir


Painted with egg tempera on a wooden board, this icon of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus has been treasured in Russia since the middle of the 12th century when the painting traveled from Constantinople to Kiev and on to Vladimir.




To the Icon of the Virgin of Vladimir
by Mary Harwell Sayler

Your eyes
bear the world's
incredible sadness,
your lower lids
descending
into cups
that cannot contain
your grief.

Your mouth
depicts
the close touch
of your Son's cheek –
only a newborn now
but shown
as a miniature man
already ready
to comfort.

Did you sense this?

Did you feel your
heart steadied
by your Infant
and His
infinite hand?


©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. The poem “To the Icon of the Virgin of Vladimir” first appeared in 2011 on Catholic Lane and then in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published by Kelsay Books.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bible people alive today!



To The Man From New Manna
by Mary Harwell Sayler

The day delivers
your beautiful letter
with foreign phrases
in English describing
your anguish in learning
the language of poetry
and how you are “scripting”
me for instructions.

I ponder the problem
of working with you:
a new writer writing new
language for Christians –
your command of healing
too primitive to realize
today’s dead do not raise
in Jesus Christ’s name.

Can I now ever
transcribe


(how?) –

the same?


© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Based on a true episode, this poem originally saw print in the now out-of-print Poetry: Taking Its Course - a traditionally published book based on the poetry home study course I wrote in the 1980's and used for years in working with poetry students. However, the original version, which was written especially for Christian poets and writers, is now available in the Kindle e-book, Christian Poet’s Guide to Writing Poetry, and the poem also appears in my book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.