Welcome to the 34th Poetry Party!
I select an image and suggest a title and invite you to respond with your poems or other reflections. If you have your own blog, please use the Mister Linky widget below to add a link back to your website. If you don’t have your own blog (not required to participate) or if you just want to post your poem here, please skip Mister Linky and go straight to the comments section to add your poem. Make sure to check the comments for new poems added and I encourage you to leave encouraging comments for each other either here or at the poet’s own blog.
Feel free to take your poem in any direction and then post the image and invitation on your blog if you have one and encourage others to come join the party! (permission is granted to reprint the image if a link is provided back to this post)
*~* This week there is a Very Special Drawing! In honor of my Three-Year Bloggiversary coming up on May 2nd I am going to send someone a very special prize — a set of five of my Reflective Art Journals (one of each available issue) AND there are 10 ways for you to earn extra entries in the drawing (please see below). You have until Sunday, May 3rd to enter! *~*
The Poetry Party Theme:
I am writing a book right now on using the four elements of earth, fire, wind, and water as doorways into a greater intimacy with creation and God. These spring days the earth is flowering and flourishing in the northern hemisphere and we recently celebrated Earth Day. So I am inviting you to write poems in honor of the gift of earth and the ways God is revealed to you through stone or mountain, flower or fruit. Let this be your hymn of praise to creation.
When I was in Ireland two years ago I fell in love with the stones which marked the landscape as boundaries to mark property, as ancient tombs like Newgrange honoring the dead, and as stone circles which date from 7000-3500 BC. These filled me with awe and wonder as windows onto an ancient people and their recognition of the enduring power of stone. Stories fill these rocks and they sing of a God who offers us solidity and a glimpse of the eternal.
(photo of a stone circle in the Gleninchaquin Valley on the Beara Peninsula in Ireland)
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Help to celebrate and support the Abbey!
There are Ten (10!) Ways to earn entries in this Very Special Drawing for a set of Five Reflective Art Journals (one of each available issue)! The drawing will happen on Sunday, May 3rd!
1) submit a poem to the Poetry Party above (counts as two entries)
2) leave a comment below for any of the poets (each comment earns an entry)
3) become a fan of the Abbey on Facebook
4) follow this blog on Facebook
5) friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter
6) post this give-away & Poetry Party on Facebook or Twitter or your own blog
7) sign up for the Abbey Email newsletter (sent twice monthly with reflections)
8)make a purchase from the Abbey Shop (one entry for each item purchased and I currently have a sale going on)
9) post a review of Lectio Divina or Illuminating Mystery on Amazon (these earn you double entries! be the first and it will count as five!)
10) post a link to my Lectio Divina book on Amazon (at your blog, Twitter, or FB)
Please send me an email by May 3 with a list of entries to Christine@AbbeyoftheArts.com so I make sure not to miss anyone. Only new comments, poems, and links that are submitted between April 27 and May 3 qualify! I will draw the name of the winner on Sunday, May 3!
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Transformative Living through Contemplative & Expressive Arts