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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!

You can post your poem either in the comment section below*or you can join our Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks Facebook group (with more than 2700 members!) and post there.

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100 Responses

  1. My word for 2015 (the fifth line was my word for 2013 and the second line was my word for 2014.)



  2. I, the Magdalene

    I may not freely love,
    but love I, nonetheless.
    My lips must not express
    the hidden longings of
    my naked heart’s desire.

    Yet, with your piercing fire,
    You sliced me open, laid
    me bare before myself, Lord,
    my grief then a cascade
    of sorrows held so tightly,
    now flowing songs of praise.

    Your beauty burning brightly,
    Your kind and gentle ways ~
    in a flash ~ Your image
    was on his face displayed,

    as if beneath a spotlight,
    a sunbeam,

    and I, no more afraid
    at being touched so lightly,
    received Your tender gaze.

    January 2015

  3. My word for 2015: MONK

    Meeting life contemplatively
    One sacred moment at a time
    Needing silence
    Knowing and unknowing, both

  4. My Word “balance”
    Collage in my journal……

    Balance, Life, Transformation
    Feeding on the greenest grass
    Protected and watched over
    Resting with the rhythm of the waves
    Contentment like an infant
    Stretching the boundaries towards the light
    Smiling through the eyes of a happy dog
    Long neck reaching for the finest leaves
    Peaceful grazing high in the trees
    Wings taking flight
    Deep rich colors shine with movement
    Dancing light within
    Shimmering light through the body
    Life is warm, moist, fluid
    Taste it in your mouth
    Can you feel it when you swallow?
    Drink deeply from this spring of Life

  5. My Word is EMBLAZONED!


    Here is my Art Inking, “Emblazoned”

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