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    • I think that writer would be Andrew Peterson–and I’m not just saying that because this is The Rabbit Room. His writings, both song & prose, really has significantly shaped my journey, especially more recently.

      As to what I would say, I’m not sure. I might try talking about gardening with him, since I know he has a garden he really enjoys & I enjoy my (much smaller & leas tidy) gardens. Or maybe about the trees we’ve seen.

      I can’t imagine what he’d say to me, though. Whatever it was, I’m sure it would be kind.

    • Being brutally honest, I seem to still be stuck in the dark wood with the beast pursuing me. This week’s selections, though, give me hope for it being part of a journey, rather than a permanent condition.
      It’s also an encouragement to not try to stumble my way through alone, but seek out writers, artists, & others who can be “traveling companions.”

      I never thought the Inferno would be so relevant to me.

    • “Engine against th’ Almightie, sinner’s towre / Reversed thunder, Christ-side piercing spear” from Herbert’s poem Prayer especially stuck with me last week. I’m still ruminating on the full meaning of those metaphors, but the concept of prayer as something against God is an idea I’m rolling around. (Especially when “sinner’s towre” evokes the image of the Tower of Babel.)

      I wonder if Herbert meant that words directed against God could also be a form of prayer, or if prayer can be directed against God. Either way, we have images of a prayer as an attempt to trick God (the engine); an attempt to build oneself up to God’s level, with the inevitable moserable failure (the tower); sudden, calamitous acts or words–or a lot of sound & fury–(the thunder); & a weapon that wounds God (the spear).

      Those images resonate with me a lot in my current situation.

    • These were just a few lines I jotted in the margin of my book. I might expand further later.

      Fingers grasping for handholds
      A desperate cry
      From the dank oubilette
      Mara’s muttered “Why?”

      A peck on the cheek
      A weekly high five
      A text dashed off,
      “Hey friend, you still alive?”

    • My husband always says to me, “I’m happy to see you,” when I come into our coworking office after I wake up. Some days I wake up grumpy or sad, & I’m not terribly pleasant to him. On those days, he patiently listens to me cry or vent (or both) & says, “I’m still happy to see you.”

      It’s those moments especially when I hear God through my husband. For all my misdirected rage & flailing sorrow, He is still happy to see me.

    • K. Rose

      The lines, “You push on through the pain that sets you free / Towards the day when broken bones rejoice” reminds me indirectly of 2 Samuel 9, when Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth is given his grandfather’s inheritance & sits in a seat of honor at King David’s table.

      I heard John Mark McMillian’s song “Carbon Ribs” again recently, & the image of us as cripples at the King’s table connected with me as I read these lines, & I’m still turning over the implications.

    • Aside from this reading group, I’m staying completely off social media during Lent & refraining from talking as much as possible.

      My family’s also picked out some relevant liturgies to read for each week, Easter weekend, & today.

    • Hey, all. I’m Karley. I’m not as fond of poetry as I’d like to be, but the more I read it, the more I love it. I couldn’t possibly pick a single favorite, but Billy Collins, Propaganda, and Malcolm himself are among my current favorite poets!

      I love watching Malcolm’s “Spell in the Library videos” & really enjoyed The Singing Bowl, & I’m looking forward to enfolding this into my Lenten journey this year.

    • <p style=”text-align: left;”>Hi, all. I’m Karley, denizen of Southwest Ohio, recent escapee from the world of web development, & follower of the Rabbit Room’s goings-on for a few years now. I’m excited to finally be able to participate in a group like this & challenge my perspective!</p>

      I had the privilege of attending a session co-taught by Steve Guthrie at Hutchmoot last year, & I’m looking forward to hearing him teach & lead again!

    • Wow. I’ve never encountered that L’Engle poem before, Tamar. I love that.

    • Melinda, this is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your response.

    • That was a new word for me, too!

    • Malcolm goes into more detail on this, but Satire III is part of a larger poem that’s all about Donne’s difficult search for truth, particularly among the controversies that plagued the Church in his day. It is one pf the more complex ones we’ve encountered thus far!

    • Yeah, that one got me, too. What a line!

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