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Invitation to Poetry: Hospitality – What will you welcome in?

button-poetryWelcome to Poetry Party #83!

Instead of selecting an image this month, we ask you to consider your Word for the Year as your poetry muse. We began this month with a Community Visio Divina practice with an image of a  threshold and the theme of hospitality, asking what you will welcome in this year and followed up with our Photo Party. (You are most welcome to still participate).  We continue this theme in our Poetry Party this month. What qualities or practices does your Word for the Year ask you to invite in as we continue to welcome in the new year?

Feel free to take your poem in any direction and then post the invitation on your blog (if you have one), Facebook, or Twitter, and encourage others to come join the party!

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100 Responses

  1. Joy
    Unanimous Love
    Your Divine Love and Witness

    Here is to a JUICY 2015. Already witnessing Divine Love and Collaboration.
    Intentions hold the power of promise.

  2. My words are “Look at the birds”, simplified to “notice”
    New journeys
    Ordinary birds
    Essence & Energy

  3. My Word is two part Yield/Receive



    I will say Yes to inviting all that evolves in my life and Dance…one day at a time !!
    (I’m still working on Receive)

  4. Serving woman at Simon’s house (Luke 7:36-50)

    As I entered,
    Carrying the feast
    I could not share
    Fragrance greeted me;
    Smell before sight
    Gentle invasion
    Of my senses
    Pervading soul
    As much as body.

    And then I saw her
    Come from the street –
    In every sense –
    Privilege of paupers
    To share the leftovers.
    But that was not
    Why she had come.

    Knelt at his feet
    Tears streaming
    Down her face
    Etched with her suffering
    Eyes reflecting pain
    The men around her
    Could never understand
    But piercing my heart
    With its intensity.

    And then I saw
    What she had brought
    Every penny she owned –
    And earned at such a price –
    Future hopes and dreams
    Poured out in love
    To this mysterious stranger.

    And so at first I marvelled
    At such a risky step
    Until at last
    I saw the love reflected
    In His gaze
    And finally
    I understood.

    About a woman who was there to give a welcome…but saw the welcome of Jesus


    Trust and
    Embrace and
    expecting…. (treasure)

  6. I was verbose in my choice of word(s) for the year! I chose Truth, Being and Courage. Inspired by Melissa Layer’s great post, using my words, plus the idea of Hospitality, I came up with:

    T = Truthful
    R = Respectful
    U = Understanding
    T = Trusting
    H = Heart-full

    B = Blessing
    E = Encouraging
    I = Inviting
    N = Non-judgmental
    G = Generous

    C = Compassionate
    O = Open
    U = Unreserved
    R = Receptive
    A = Affirming
    G = Gracious
    E = Embracing

    Now perhaps I might live towards some of those qualities!

  7. G Greet
    E every
    N numinous
    T tune
    L lightly,
    E entirely,
    Whether it come at
    N night,
    E evening,
    S sunset, or
    S sunrise.

  8. My word is REVEAL. I particularly like the part of the dictionary definition that says “to communicate that which could not be discovered without divine instruction.”
    R – “Revealing new things”
    E – Each moment
    V – Veils no longer veils
    E – Emerging
    A – Always remembering
    L – Love guides, love holds me