Here is the poem for Monday, April 26. 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.
Living in the mountains
I have grown old,
No longer needing much sleep—
I am always up at dawn
To greet the morning moon.
Do you like this poem? Why or why not? How does it make you feel?
Prompt: Start your writing response with the word “Living” and attach it to a person or place or even see where it leads you
Living in the city
Living in the country
Living through the pandemic
Living with you
Living in the monastery
I have grown either wise or weary:
No longer interested in emperors
Throned clergy, daily chant, community babble—
I cling to my prayer beads.
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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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