Monasteries of the Heart

Old Monk's Journal: Journal Entry 244

Here is the poem for Monday, April 19. To celebrate National Poetry Month, I am posting a short poem, a question and prompt every other day during the month. 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.

Let me die in spring
under the blossoming trees,
let it be around
that full moon
of Kisaragi month
--Saigyo

Do you like this poem? Why or why not? How does it make you feel?
Prompt: Begin your poem or prose with Saigyo’s first three words—Let me die…--and see where it takes you. Maybe you’d rather write, “I will not die in (on)…”

Let me die in October
seated on a wooden bench
in the monastery garden,
the bell calling the monks
to compline

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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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