The Poetry of life

Monday, March 21, 2016

 The Poetry of life
Lent- Monday of Holy Week

Today is World Poetry Day.  It is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which is a specialized agency of the United Nations commissioned to promote international collaboration and further the unification of nations through education, science and culture.  This day was created for the purpose of appreciating and supporting poets and poetry around the world. Poetry is common to all cultures.   Each poem is the product of one individual but expresses feelings, develops thoughts and ask questions that are common to all people.  Poetry is universal.  One of the main objectives in creating this world day is “to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.” 

Every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience,
the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and borders, of time as well as space,
in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family. 
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

When poetry is put to music it is even more impressive and gives each of us, as members of the human family, the opportunity for deep reflection on our lives—and as members of the body of Christ, deep reflection on our risen lives.   For example, on this, the Monday of Holy Week, reflect on this poem put to music:

“Before we gain the grace that comes through loss,
Before we live by more than bread and breath,
Before we lift with joy an empty cross,
We face with Christ, the seed’s renewing death.”

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