Yep, time for one of my period posts about how Lutherans ought to read more poetry. Mostly I want to remind you that Lutheran poetry is INCREASINGLY AVAILABLE! Buy poetry books for Christmas, especially Lutheran poetry books!
I know you may not have always liked the poetry taught in school, or the poetry you were forced to write in school, but poetry is language of the soul, folks. SIX ENTIRE BOOKS of the Bible are poetry: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Lamentations. It’s NOT A PASSING CRAZE!
Today’s post is inspired and fundamentally relies on the Twenty Third Psalm. This poem is an application and transversed wording in free verse for recent circumstances. (Transversed* means situated across something.) It’s a little less based on sheep & shepherd, but I hope it will comfort you with the Word of God applied to life and these days. 🙂 Let me know what you think.
Ladies & gentlemen, I’ve had a few ideas. First off, I’d like you to consider whether pandemic poetry could be a service you offer to others. If so, you may want in on this project: a bunch of Lutheran poets working to put together a book of original poetry to publish here & possibly even a book on Amazon.
Not everyone likes poetry and that is fine. At the same time, maybe we can admit that we often like to read rhyming scripts to our kiddos. We like how little lessons can seem a little more learnable. Now, poetry is not always for the sake of learning. Self-expression is the big genre these days, but that is far from refuting poetry as an educational tool. And, as a tool, it can plant a seed, hack a weed, or dig down deep. But, what does that have to do with apples?
I’ve had two totally great ideas this weekend. I just hope I remember them!!! Because, while I did do a bunch of outdoorsy work on our first beautiful day in forever, I did NOT get the writing done I thought I would! But, please, (don’t steal this!) tell me: what do you think about poetry fighting heresies?
Mary Jackquelyn Moerbe (rhymes with Furby) is an LCMS deaconess, writer, speaker, and homeschooler. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Letters, a combination of history, literature, language, and philosophy, and a BA in music. Her master of arts degree is in theology with deaconess certification from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. She and her husband, Rev. Ned A. Moerbe, have six children and live in Oklahoma.
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