Monday, March 24, 2014

Episode 29: Poetry with Gordon Postill

The Rev. Dr. Gordon Postill describes his relationship with poetry in his personal life as well as his career as a hospice chaplain.

Gordon will be hosting a workshop on:

Saturday, April 5 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the Merry Room called, "Let Us Go Then You and I,"
in celebration of National Poetry Month. It is designed not only for poetry lovers, but also for people who may be on a journey of self-exploration.
Sign up here:

On the podcast, he gives a recitation of the Mary Oliver poem, "When Death Comes."

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps his purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering;
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
tending as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

Check out this episode!

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