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This religious and spiritual poem by aspiring poet Peter Menkin is about a Quiet Day at a monastery in Berkeley, CA USA. It is some years old, but I have liked it and post it here for comments. Thank you.
Notes From the Study House in March, No. 3 by Peter Menkin
A prayer, a poem, a recitation about sanctifying oneself…to be with God…
I have liked this poem from the time I wrote it some years ago. It is posted on my website www.petermenkin.com . Usually, I stick with poems that are newer or at least not on the website. Yet I liked this one so much again for this blog, and also at this time of year in Epiphany that I am posting it here. Note that it was originally written in March, from my notes at a Study House in Berkeley, California, Incarnation Monastery. Some how, this year it fits here as we continue in the season. The photo (not sho0wn here)of Father Robert Hale, who was “preacher” at the Quiet Day, a monk, is who the poem itself is source, so to speak. As I mention in my excerpt for this post:
Written some 9 or more years ago as notes taken at a Study House in Berkeley, CA USA (Incarnation Monastery, Camaldoli, Benedictine), this poem has The Very Reverend Robert Hale been a favorite of mine. Part of a series of poems created as notes on statements by the monk giving a particular Quiet Day for Oblates, this is among the few survivors of the series. As an aspiring poet endeavoring to meet a aged idea of taking notes from a Master, and writing them in a form (this case a poem), I had to give up my ambition. Unfortunately, my hands will no longer sustain the kind of note taking the task requires. That is sad for me.
I hope the poem will speak to you as it has spoken to me, and some others who have read the poem. You can tell that I like it very much. I do not always like my own poems “very much.” It is something I endeavor to find when writing these, that they will continue to speak some time after conception and writing.
Notes from the study house in March, No. 3 (2001)
by Peter Menkin
In God of God,
beginning with the mnemonic–with Christ
Around the Abba.The Alpha.
Tree of the Cross,
giving voice to yearning
within. The returning
of intention to be
with God the whole day.
The master says,
“not to be habitually forgetful,”
prayer of aspiration!
Help me in this God.
Audio reading of poem by poet is here:
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