Saturday Lent Poem 46
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to include this poem (and tomorrows!) on the blog.
Almost the day I started tweeting as LeedsBookClub, I was fortunate enough to become friends with Alice Shapiro (@CrackedPoems). Born in Georgia, USA, she is an accomplished poet, playwright and author. Mostly though, she’s really funny!
I let her know about my little Lenten project, and dropped some very subtle hints about how wonderful it would be to include a piece of her work. She managed to read between the lines and was generous enough to volunteer not one, but two poems.
Please find below a poem by Alice Shapiro, to be released in a new collection later this year (once I have details, I will post them).
I – peruse past decades
I – have accomplished greatness
I – overcame
· arcane banality
· impetuous naiveté
Tender errors at ten and twenty
baked onto inner walls of an open mind
formed a calloused heart.
walking sand-drenched sidewalks in the tropics
dazed, yet unfazed by a temporary lapse
God – at my back
· arcane banality – self-doubt
went up like smoke.
wise wide innocence shares my easy chair
I – consider grace.