More on Working with Words

A verse in the New Testament letter to the church gathered at Ephesus assures its listeners “we are God’s works of art” (Ephesians chapter 2, verse 10). I am especially intrigued by the Greek word “poeima,” here translated “work of art.” More literally, then, we are said to comprise God’s own poem.  Pretty amazing.

We need not all work with words as poets or pastors. But we may do well to consider the word God seeks to speak through each of us, that our lives give evidence of God’s writing in our hearts (Jeremiah 31). If life shared together in a community of faith strengthens that witness while here, so much the better.

This blog contains a sampling of poetry and church-related items I’ve written over time. I began “Poet’s Arc” following a workshop I attended in 2010 on “Poetry and the Journey toward God“. Some of my poetry published elsewhere is noted below. If you click an item, you will learn more about it.

A colleague in ministry, Maren Tirabassi, and her daughter, Maria, edited a worship resource, Before the Amen, which came to include about a dozen poems of mine.  The anthology is available through various booksellers.

A suite of poems I wrote in response to Ave Maria — Images of Mary in Medieval and Renaissance Music, Art and Sculpture was subsequently included in the tenth anniversary program of the Rochester, NY a cappella choral group Musica Spei (“Music of Hope”)

Poetry engendered by my study at the Franciscan Institute served as the center-piece of a talk I gave at Alfred University entitled “Francis of Assisi in War and Peace.”


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