Category Archives: Poetry

Where the Moss Grows Old

It’s a release day for Lutheran author & poetess Madelyn Rose Craig! You may remember her from her book, Names, Nations, and the New Testament or from her awesome blank journals, but today we celebrate her book of poetry, Where the Moss Grows Old. Isn’t that a lovely image already?

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Come, Lord Jesus. We as Guest

Sometimes I get a phrase or an idea and it acts like an earworm. It will not let me go. Hence, my latest hymn attempt: “Come, Lord Jesus. We as Guest.” 🙂 Feedback welcome.

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By Kindly Powers

Here’s a neat find! A new translation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s poem, “By Kindly Powers” (originally “Von guten Mächten), by Pastor Timothy Boerger!

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Noel by JRR Tolkien

“Noel” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Grim was the world and grey last night:
The moon and stars were fled,
The hall was dark without song or light,
The fires were fallen dead.
The wind in the trees was like to the sea,
And over the mountains’ teeth
It whistled bitter-cold and free,
As a sword leapt from its sheath.
 
The lord of snows upreared his head;
His mantle long and pale
Upon the bitter blast was spread
And hung o’er hill and dale.
The world was blind, the boughs were bent,
All ways and paths were wild:
Then the veil of cloud apart was rent,
And here was born a Child.
 
The ancient dome of heaven sheer
Was pricked with distant light;
A star came shining white and clear
Alone above the night.
In the dale of dark in that hour of birth
One voice on a sudden sang:
Then all the bells in Heaven and Earth
Together at midnight rang.
 
Mary sang in this world below:
They heard her song arise
O’er mist and over mountain snow
To the walls of Paradise,
And the tongue of many bells was stirred
in Heaven’s towers to ring
When the voice of mortal maid was heard,
That was mother of Heaven’s King.
 
Glad is the world and fair this night
With stars about its head,
And the hall is filled with laughter and light,
And fires are burning red.
The bells of Paradise now ring
With bells of Christendom,
And Gloria, Gloria we will sing
That God on earth is come.

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Walk a Little Slower

Lutheran author Tanner Olson has a new book of poetry out: Walk a Little Slower: A Collection of Poems and Other Words.

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Hymnastics

A new site! Rev. Robert Mayes has started a new website devoted to his original hymn texts, translations, and HYMN TUNES, and he’s titled it Hymnastics

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Open Prairies Review

Today’s post is a review of Lutheran poet Ray Spitzenberger‘s (second to latest) book: Open Prairies: Poems of Reflection on a Life in Texas. Silly me, I thought I was reading his latest, but I got both books at the same time and opened the wrong one on my Kindle. <Shrug> So also be sure to check out his latest, Tanka Schön: Poems by a Texas Wend! đź™‚ I hope to read (and review) it very soon myself.

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Emily Dickinson White

Hello! Today I’m happy to report I’ve learned about another living Lutheran author: Emily Dickinson White. She’s written three books for children: The Little Pearl (released just a few weeks ago), Bible ABC’s, and 26 Days of Devotions with Your Little One. 

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The Household Sonnets

Lutheran pastor and author Andrew Richard has released another project and you should love this one! The Household Sonnetsjust released this summer, takes household objects and, in sonnet form, presents them as prompts for religious devotion to Jesus!

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Tree of Life: Sixty Poems from Twelve Years

I’m pleased to tell you that Lutheran poet Kathryn Ann Hill has released another book, Tree of Life: Sixty Poems from Twelve Years!

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