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SPIRITUAL AVIARY
for the Year

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by Jane Beal

a collection of poems about birding and the spiritual life
in Uganda, California and the Philippine Islands

Why is your face downcast? (Gen. 4:6b NRSV)2

Why do you look so dejected? (Gen. 4:6b NLT)3

Of making many books there is no end,

and much study wearies the body. (Eccl. 12:12 NRSV)

Those who increase knowledge increase sorrow. (Eccl. 1:18b NRSV)

Knowledge puffs you up with pride,

but love builds up. (1 Cor. 8:1b NCV)4

What do people really gain

from all the hard work they do here on earth? (Eccl. 1:3 NCV)

You will die this very night. Then who will get

everything you worked for? (Luke 12:20 NLT)

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Eccl. 3:1 NIV)5

There is a time to plant

and a time to pull up plants. (Eccl. 3:2b NCV)

There is a time to look for something

and a time to stop looking for it. (Eccl. 3:6a NCV)

There is a time to keep things

and a time to throw things away. (Eccl. 3:6b NCV)

Happy are those who find wisdom,

and those who get understanding. (Prov. 3:13 NRSV)

Anxiety weighs down the human heart. (Prov. 12:25a NRSV)

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Luke 12:25 NLT)

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28 HCSB)6

Be still, and know that I am God. (Ps. 46:10a NIV)

John J. Han
Integrité (Fall 2012)

Poems in Integrité

(pp. 66-68)

 

“No eye has seen,

no ear has heard,

nor has it entered into the heart of man,

what God has prepared for those who love him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

AM I WRONG?

Nico & Vinz

MAPS

Maroon 5

Jane Beal:

Extraordinary found-art/found-word poem …

Originally posted on tychogirl:

Background image is HiRISE image of ridge of Coprates Chasm on Mars (image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona).  The cut-text is borrowed from Wordsworth's "Prelude."  I planned a grayscale image, but my scanner made a colorization and created the strange colors.

Background image is HiRISE image of ridge of Coprates Chasm on Mars (image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona). The cut-text is borrowed from Wordsworth’s “Prelude.” I planned a grayscale image, but my scanner made a colorization error and created the strange colors.

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Map Reading

by Jane Beal

in

The Flyover Country Review

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Come with me
into the field of sunflowers.
Their faces are burnished disks,
their dry spines

creak like ship masts,
their green leaves,
so heavy and many,
fill all day with the sticky

sugars of the sun.
Come with me
to visit the sunflowers,
they are shy

but want to be friends;
they have wonderful stories
of when they were young -
the important weather,

the wandering crows.
Don’t be afraid
to ask them questions!
Their bright faces,

which follow the sun,
will listen, and all
those rows of seeds -
each one a new life!

hope for a deeper acquaintance;
each of them, though it stands
in a crowd of many,
like a separate universe,

is lonely, the long work
of turning their lives
into a celebration
is not easy. Come

and let us talk with those modest faces,
the simple garments of leaves,
the coarse roots in the earth
so uprightly burning.

Mary Oliver
New and Selected Poems Vol. 1
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