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Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth


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Communion is Carolyn Brigit Flynns offering of love poems to the divine, addressed in these poems as Beloved. The poems invoke the authors movement from an urban Catholic childhood into an embodied communion with the sacred presence of the Earth. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilkes Book of Hours, each poem uses one of Rilkes lines as its title and springboard. Communion addresses timeless issues of spiritual awakening, loss and communion, and moves the reader through longing and moments of spiritual aloneness into a vivid connection with the sacred Beloved that is resilient and integrated into the rhythms of daily life.

About the Author

Carolyn Brigit Flynn is the editor of Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories by Women and The New Story: Creation Myths for Our Times. Her poems and essays have appeared in literary journals, newspapers and anthologies. She live in Santa Cruz, CA.

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All Becoming Has Needed Me

And What They Have Stammered Since Are Fragments Of Your Ancient Name

No Miracles, Please

May What I Do Flow From Me Like A River

I Returned to Paint Upon the Altars

If My Hours Had Opened in Ease

A Little Space In Which To Grow

You, the Great Homesickness We Could Never Shake Off

Let Every Pious Gesture Be Overarched With Splendor

Am I Within the Rock

Now I Am Still and Plain

I Want to Gather You Up Again

You, God, Who Live Next Door

I Am Sometimes Like a Tree Rustling Over a Gravesite

It Is My Mind That Will Fashion and Set the Last Pieces In Place

And God Said to Me, Write

We Will Not Be Herded Into Churches


My Branches Rest In Deep Silence

Even When We Dont Desire It, God is Ripening

I Would Make You a Lavish Banquet

Flowers Along the Tracks, Shuddering

I Want to Utter You

I Will Make Music

Driving Recklessly Where They Once Drove Slow

And Melted Down Into Machines

Let No Place In Me Hold Itself Closed

You Hear Me Again

I Wish Sometimes That You Were Back Inside Me

What Chose You Is the Great Desire

Have You Never Yearned

I Know You Are All Alone in That Room


I Thank You

But Now I See You

When I Am Scattered Again in City and in Fear

None of the Vast Events that Move Around You

But The Dark Embraces Everything

Stone, Be Forever!

Only With Our Doing Can We Grasp You

The Other Surrounds My Loneliness With Angels

Give Each of Us Our Own Death

And Serving Earth, Lest We Remain Unused

What Will You Do, God, When I Die?

I Would Rather Sense You As the Earth Senses You

You Are the One Who Comes After

You Come And Go

A Great Presence Stirring Beside Me

I Love You, Gentlest of Ways

I Thank You, Deep Power

Who Will Overcome You Is Working in Silence

Awakening Desire

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Flynn, Carolyn Brigit
White Cloud Press
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
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