by Claire McKeever-Burgett
Excerpted from the blog for Weavings, A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life
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A friend asked me recently, “How do you churn these out?”
He was referring to the prayer-poems I offer on my blog.
My response was something like, “I don’t churn so much as I light a candle, drink some strong coffee, read someone else’s holy words and then write my own.”
Walt Whitman said, “…and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body…”
I am a poem. Powerful. And true.
To read a few early Advent contemplations from Claire’s Advent Poetry Project, visit the Weavings blog: http://weavings.upperroom.org/2014/12/i-am-the-poem/
Claire McKeever-Burgett is Program Interpretation Manager for Upper Room Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, helping to tell The Upper Room’s stories in compelling ways. She is an ordained Alliance of Baptist pastor and writes often at pastorpoet.com. Her article “Offering” appears in the current issue of Weavings magazine on page 43.
Originally posted on the Weavings website.