Monasteries of the Heart

Old Monk's Journal: Journal Entry 237

Here is the poem for April 5. To celebrate National Poetry Month, I am posting a short poem, a question and prompt every other day during the month, starting on Easter Monday. Mostly they will be poems by my daily companions, the ancient Japanese and Chinese poets. I will do the prompt myself, either in prose or poetry, and invite you to join.

April 5, 2021

Only a memory!
A neighbor’s tasty rice cakes
At our gate as before
--Issa

Do you like this poem? Why or why not? How did this poem make you feel?
Prompt: use Issa’s first line to capture one of your memories

Only a memory!
my mother
waking before dawn
to knead fresh dough
for biscuits.
--Old Monk

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A blog by Mary Lou Kownacki
A personal journal captures what’s in the heart. Most of my adult life I’ve recorded my notes, brief reflections, poems, reactions to daily events in a journal. It is an ongoing source of monastic formation; the rich and raw material of life that helps shape my Monastery of the Heart. About a year ago, Old Monk began to appear on my journal’s pages. Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, is the Monasteries of the Heart coordinator.

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