Sunday, April 27, 2008

Poetry Sharing in Seattle

A week ago, I got to travel to Seattle to attend and speak at a retreat for all the Unitarian Universalist ministers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia. We stayed at a beautiful Catholic retreat center right on Puget Sound. Late one evening, sitting around a table with a group of other ministers, we began sharing poems that were meaningful to us. Here are a sampling of poems that were read:

Cheese Penguin by Sarah Lindsay

The Change by Tony Hoagland (scroll down to the entry for Tuesday, January 11)

America by Tony Hoagland

My Dead Friends by Marie Howe

A Contribution to Statistics by Wislawa Szymborska

Playing with Three Strings by Rabbi Schulweis (scroll to the bottom of the page)

(Thanks to Rob Eller-Isaacs who introduced me to both the Howe poem and one of the Hoagland poems.)