Nation Is Not Church

  “Forgive,” the Church’s founder said. “Don’t judge or punish. I’ll atone.” For centuries the Christian Church refused to cast the first stone. “Do good,” our great apostle warned. “The king holds not the sword in vain.” So Christian nations asked for earthly justice from the one who’d reign. Now times have changed. The saints…

Poetry Challenge 7: Post Your Clerihews!

I need another week! But challenges are delicate things, and not to be trifled with. What part was hard for you? For me, the anachronisms didn’t really happen. Although I did manage to put my subjects into situations in which we don’t ordinarily think of them. Also, did you find yourself wanting to write about people you…

Poetry Challenge 6: The Marshes of Glynn

It’s Tuesday: the perfect day to launch another poetry challenge/workshop. It’s been too long, folks. Recently I was reminded of how much I love my favorite poem, “The Marshes of Glynn,” by Sidney Lanier. Lanier was a southern poet who wrote after the civil war. I find him particularly interesting because he had an original…