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Post by Daughter1 » 13 Aug 2019, 22:18

I love poetry, maybe to an excessive degree. So while preparing a talk this week on Faith and Hope, I read through 3 collections of poems on faith and inspiration. A few struck me more than others, as is usual. And some seemed like they could fit the audience here. I wanted to share them and hear if anyone else comes across any poems that uplift your spirit or encapsulate the way you feel.

I have one to start with tonight that echos many prayers I have prayed over the past year. More uplifting options to come.
A Prayer for Faith, Margaret E Sangster

God, give me back the simple faith
that I so long have clung to,
My simple faith in peace and hope,
in loveliness and light -
Because without this faith of mine,
the rhythms I have sung to
Become as empty as the sky upon a starless night.

God, let me feel that right is right,
that reason dwells with reason,
And let me feel that something grows
whenever there is rain -
And let me sense that splendid truth
that season follows season,
And let me dare to dream
that there is tenderness in pain.

God, give me back my simple faith
because my soul is straying
Away from all the little creeds
that I so long have known;
Oh, answer me while I still have
at least the strength for praying,
For if the prayer dies from my heart
I will be quite alone.
I don't think there could ever be just one single philosophy or one single religion. Since there are so many different types of people, with a range of tendencies and inclinations, it is quite fitting that there are differences between religions. And the fact that there are so many different descriptions of the religious path shows how rich religion is. - HH the XIV Dalai Lama

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Re: Poetry Corner

Post by mom3 » 14 Aug 2019, 15:14

I have never heard that one. Each stanza itself is a story/poem. Copied and keeping.
"I stayed because it was God and Jesus Christ that I wanted to follow and be like, not individual human beings." Chieko Okazaki Dialogue interview

"I am coming to envision a new persona for the Church as humble followers of Jesus Christ....Joseph and his early followers came forth with lots of triumphalist rhetoric, but I think we need a new voice, one of humility, friendship and service. We should teach people to believe in God because it will soften their hearts and make them more willing to serve." - Richard Bushman

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Re: Poetry Corner

Post by Roy » 02 Sep 2019, 11:07

Curt Sunshine wrote:
22 Mar 2012, 20:31
One of my daughters is a high school junior. For an assignment in her English class on Tuesday, she wrote the following poem. To say I am proud of her would be an understatement - and she got NO help or input from me.
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The Map
by Jessica DeGraw
3-20-12

Imagine if
You are a child.
You find a map;
A pirate's treasure map.
You search.

Everyone searches.
For their keys,
For their shoes,
For their dreams.
They search.

When you are searching,
What are you searching for?
Something nonessential?
Something worthwhile?
Searching for change?

And how do you search?
Do you agonize over it?
Are you annoyed by it?
Do you feel anxious about it?
Are you diligent?

When do you find it?
After an hour?
After twenty-four?
After one-hundred and sixty-eight?
After you've given up?

What if you never find it?
What if you never stop searching?
What if the map is infinite?
What if that's the point?
Imagine if.
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223

"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13

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Post by Roy » 02 Sep 2019, 11:09

Ann wrote:
12 Mar 2016, 09:58
I'm not a student of anything, including poetry, but this really struck me. May I stand until death forever at attention. On the off chance that this describes anyone else here....

Address to the Lord

Master of beauty, craftsman of the snowflake,
Inimitable contriver,
endower of Earth so gorgeous & different from the boring moon,
thank you for such as it is my gift.

I have made up a morning prayer to you
containing with precision everything that most matters.
"According to Thy will" the thing begins.
It took me off & on two days. It does not aim at eloquence.

You have come to my rescue again & again
in my impassable, sometimes despairing years.
You have allowed my brilliant friends to destroy themselves
and I am still here, severely damaged, but functioning.

Unknowable, as I am unknown to my guinea pigs:
How can I 'love' you?
I only as far as gratitude & awe
confidently & absolutely go.

I have no idea whether we live again.
It doesn't seem likely
from either the scientific or the philosophical point of view
but certainly all things are possible to you,
And I believe as fixedly in the Resurrection-appearances to Peter

and

to Paul

as I believe I sit in this blue chair.
Only that may have been a special case
to establish their initiatory faith.

Whatever your end may be, accept my amazement.
May I stand until death forever at attention
for any your least instruction or enlightenment.
I even feel sure you will assist me again, Master of insight & beauty.
by John Berryman
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223

"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13

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Post by Roy » 02 Sep 2019, 12:10

mom3 wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 22:28
My friend sent this to me today. I hope you enjoy it.
When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:


to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223

"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13

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Post by Roy » 02 Sep 2019, 12:16

Katzpur wrote:
14 Aug 2017, 09:18
I like that. It reminds me of "A Skeptic's Prayer" by Margaret Rampton Munk:

A SKEPTIC'S PRAYER
Is it true
Thou lovest best
Thy meek, unasking children?

Thou has made us
So diverse, so various,
Yet in the image of a Sire
Who filled the universe
With His creative fire.

What father has supposed
His child would grow to manhood
Only hearing and affirming?
What man could honor such a son?
How could a mind that,
Like a sponge,
Absorbs but never questions,
Doubts,
Or wonders why
Be offspring and apprentice
To a God?

It may be, Lord,
Thou canst never love me
With the calm relief
a father feels
For his obedient child--
The one who’s never any trouble.

But use me
As a bridge
To those more wayward still
Than I.
I cannot give them all the answers;
But they will not ask
The ones who think they can.

Let me speak
To Thy lost sheep
As one who,
Understanding how they went astray,
Still loves the Shepherd.
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223

"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13

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Post by mom3 » 02 Sep 2019, 16:06

I love this thread. Roy, thanks for all the additions. I had forgotten them. I do have a copy of Curt's daughter's poem. I remember when it was first posted.
"I stayed because it was God and Jesus Christ that I wanted to follow and be like, not individual human beings." Chieko Okazaki Dialogue interview

"I am coming to envision a new persona for the Church as humble followers of Jesus Christ....Joseph and his early followers came forth with lots of triumphalist rhetoric, but I think we need a new voice, one of humility, friendship and service. We should teach people to believe in God because it will soften their hearts and make them more willing to serve." - Richard Bushman

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Post by AmyJ » 03 Sep 2019, 08:22

Roy wrote:
02 Sep 2019, 12:10
mom3 wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 22:28
My friend sent this to me today. I hope you enjoy it.
When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:


to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.
I included this poem in the R.S. lesson I taught the last Sunday in 2017 and the last Sunday in 2018. Maybe I am starting a tradition :lol:

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Post by Roy » 03 Sep 2019, 09:37

Shared by TSM in one of his final talks in GC:
To illustrate, I share with you the touching words of a favorite poem I first read many years ago:

I met a stranger in the night
Whose lamp had ceased to shine.
I paused and let him light
His lamp from mine.

A tempest sprang up later on
And shook the world about.
And when the wind was gone
My lamp was out!

But back to me the stranger came—
His lamp was glowing fine!
He held the precious flame
And lighted mine!
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223

"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13

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Re: Poetry Corner

Post by Roy » 03 Sep 2019, 09:45

Greyair00 wrote:
27 Nov 2016, 23:02
Thomas Hardy (1840–1928). Wessex Poems and Other Verses. 1898.

The Impercipient


THAT from this bright believing band
An outcast I should be,
That faiths by which my comrades stand
Seem fantasies to me,
And mirage-mists their Shining Land,
Is a drear destiny.

Why thus my soul should be consigned
To infelicity,
Why always I must feel as blind
To sights my brethren see,
Why joys they’ve found I cannot find,
Abides a mystery.

Since heart of mine knows not that ease
Which they know; since it be
That He who breathes All’s Well to these
Breathes no All’s Well to me,
My lack might move their sympathies
And Christian charity!

I am like a gazer who should mark
An inland company
Standing upfingered, with, “Hark! hark!
The glorious distant sea!”
And feel, “Alas, ’tis but yon dark
And wind-swept pine to me!”


O, doth a bird deprived of wings
Go earth-bound wilfully!
. . . .
Enough. As yet disquiet clings
About us. Rest shall we.
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223

"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13

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