CSJ Community Celebrates National Poetry Month
In 1996, the Academy of American Poets inaugurated National Poetry Month in April. We join in this national celebration by featuring poetry written by our CSJ sisters and associates here and on our Facebook page throughout the month.
by Sister Kate Filla
Traces of the old road mark the field where we kneel
planting pines from the state,
new trees for this clearing in the woods.
We trowel into the dirt, mother, father, sister, and me.
And with the seedlings, we place our intentions.
Deer come at night here to sleep beneath the cedars and sumacs.
Whippoorwills call from the darkness,
owls keep watch.
As we work, the wind moves around us,
stirs the buffalo grass,
whispers ancient stories.
Like the old roadbed disappearing,
we too will sink down into the earth.
Father first, then mother, but soon sister and me,
each in turn easing back into the dark rich soil we came from.
And some future wind will sing here
and carry back to the trees this memory.
Blessed Breezes by Sister Carol Patron
The Chapel of My Mind by Sister Pauline Komrska
Holy Hour by Sister Pat Bober
My Winter Has Come by Sister Carol Patron
Life by Sister Mary Hugh McGowen
Life's Tightrope by Sister Jean Paul Selissen
Like Moses by Sister Mary Ann Hilgeman
Pine Memory by Sister Kate Filla
Rural Cemetery by Sister Kate Filla
Smiles by Associate Janet M. Linck
Song of the Cedars by Sister Jean Paul Selissen
Tribute to the Cross by Sister Rita Flaherty
Valley to Mountain Praise by Sister Jean Paul Selissen