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The Daily Examen - June 21-22, 2017

The Daily Examen, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The summer solstice brings
a dream of crossing dark water
a crow eating a dead baby owl
in the middle of the road
and pleasant weather
for walking beside
the river.

The Daily Examen, Thursday, June 22, 2017

St. Alban’s day
and I wonder
about the priest
led St. Alban to faith
and whom St. Alban
died instead of.

What happened to that priest?
What happened to faith
so strong
that others would adopt our faith
and be willing to die for it?

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The Daily Examen - June 19-20, 2017

Daily Examen Monday, June 19, 2017
Fidget spinners
and prayer beads.
Exploring the pilgrimage
from the exonarthex
to the narthex
to the nave
to the sanctuary
to the Interior Castle
Confronting gatekeepers
and exploring alternate paths.

Daily Examen, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
And when the long awaited answer comes
it is greater than ever expected
and the only response
is joyful thanksgiving
mingled with yearning
a little anxiety

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Father's Day Memories. Daily Examen. Sandy Hook.

As I reach for a bowl
to make my morning oatmeal,
I see a plate from my childhood
nestled amidst the other dishes
and ask myself,
“What will you remember?”

Father’s day.
I remember to call my father
who has forgotten to turn on his phone.
I wonder if my daughters
will remember to call me
as I recall
the phone they are likely to call
is dead.

I stand,
in the moment,
seeking to commit
the smell of raisins
in the oatmeal
to long term memory
to stay with me
through my final years.

It is a solitary moment,
not one others will remember
when they eulogize me.

In the morning
I go to church
for the weekly remembrance
of the resurrection.

In the evening,
I choose not to watch an interview
with a man who denies
what many remember.

Note: I have gone back and forth about whether to include my "Daily Examen" posts with the rest of my poetry. I have decided, generally, not to. Too many of my other poems are more likely to get lost that way. However, this poem, which started off as my Daily Examen for June 18, 2017, stands well on its own, and I have chosen to include it with my other poems, with my Daily Examen, and also in Politics.

The Daily Examen - June 15-17, 2017

Daily Examen, Thursday, June 15, 2017

Waiting for friends to complete tasks
I need of them
I think of the tasks
other friends
need of me.

Daily Examen, Friday, June 16, 2017

Death waits at the doorstep
as candles honor
the addict gone to soon
and a phone call announces
another friend
unexpectedly deceased.

We eat
and pray
as we seek
to hold back
the forces of death.

Daily Examen, Saturday, June 17, 2017

Poems.
The dump.
A nap.
Dinner.
Reading.

A day of rest,
mostly,
with much to think about.

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The Daily Examen - June 14, 2017

Between an apartment complex fire,
multiple shootings,
and the general political turmoil
it can be a challenge to focus
on spirit and beauty
and all that is good.
Yet the reminders are all around us
hidden in a flower,
a shadow,
or a cloud.

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