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“By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, we recognize in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness.”

Today is Monday in Holy Week and “World Poetry Day.” The above quote is from the 1999 UNESCO declaration naming March 21st as World Poetry Day — and the reflection below is from Anne Peterson.

Sometimes I am sitting here at home
all alone.
I have a drum, water, gourd rattle.
I sing the songs
and my worries are gone.
I feel good again
and refreshed.

I came across this passage by Bernard Ice in Meditations with the Lakota: Prayers, Songs and Stories of Healing and Harmony. One of the delights of my life growing up was being alone in my house when my parents were gone.  Although I still miss the company of my sweet Stuart, I am, generally speaking, at home in my house.

And, every once in a while, I feel out of sorts and not interested in reading or calling a friend.  How few of those times do I remember that I have a piano, a hymnal, and several books of not-too-difficult musical pieces.

With the windows closed, I could feel free to play and sing and feel restored!

During the Forty Days of Lent, we will offer daily meditations from All Saints Church. Today’s is written by Anne Peterson; a retired staff member who continues to consult with our Leadership Project.

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