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Lenten Poems - 2006

Preface



This year's retreat was titled "Make All Things New," led by Caroline and John Westerhoff of Atlanta, GA. The meditations for the retreat followed the baptismal vows in the Book of Common Prayer. To quote from the introduction to the retreat:

"God has implanted in the human soul a quest for wholeness and health, holiness and peace. Lent is the season in which we reflect on our brokenness and sickness, incompleteness and estrangements, as we continue on our spiritual pilgrimage of living into our baptism and preparing for Easter, a season in which we celebrate God’s redemptive gift of new life."

For an overview of the retreat and the Trinity Conference Center, click here. For a collection of quotes from the meditations, click here.

This year there are a dozen poems, some more inspired than others. The poems Expectant and Grace, are ones where I had an idea to which I wanted to add voice. These run the risk of "soap box" poems that tell instead of show. Then there are the poems that sang to me, such as The Faith of Juncos and Essence. For these there was more the discovery in the image, following the path to the end rather than having the end in mind at the beginning. Perhaps this is a metaphor for silence and listening, waiting for the words to come.

I hope you enjoy the poems. If you have thoughts or questions, please send me a note at mailto:ehapp@hpmd.com . If one or more speaks to you, then I am honored. While on our web site, please take a look at the current issue of The Fairfield Review at http://www.fairfieldreview.org . To read the poems, click here.

Ed Granger-Happ
March, 2006




Other Lenten poems are here:

Lent, 2005
Lent, 2004
Lent, 2003
Lent, 2002
Lent, 2001
Lent, 2000
Lent, 1999
Lent, 1998




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