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Weekly Poem in Covid-19
From the start of the UK's 'lockdown', for a year Seeds of Silence posted a 'Weekly Poem in Covid-19 Times' on the website. All these poems are now gathered below.
In the early months many were those written in response to the pandemic. Later, poems from the fifteenth century onwards were included.
Click here for 'Sometimes' by an award-winning poet who asks not to be credited whenever it is reproduced
Click here for Edwina Gateley's psalm-poem, 'Surrender', inviting us to leave all in God's hands
Click here for Antonio Machado's 'The Wind, One Brilliant Day', reflecting on how we use ou gifts
Click here for A. S. J. Tessimond's poem, 'Day Dream', which offers hope for the future
Click here for R. S. Thomas', 'The Moor', speaking to Covd-made absences in practicing our faith
Click here for Denise Levertov's 'The Avowal', inviting us to trust in God's all-embracing grace
Click here for Dorianne Laux's poem, 'Dust', reawakening our attention when we're exhausted
Click here for Paul Booth's poem, 'Letter to a passing year', with its blessing amidst the sorrow
Click here for George Herbert's 'The Pulley', inviting us to rest once more in God
Click here for Carla Grosch-Miller's poem, 'A January Prayer', reminding us of simple pleasures
Click here for John O'Donohue's poem, 'This is the time to be slow', inviting kindness and hope
Click here for Nicola Slee's 'The Slaughter of the Innocents', remembering children in terror today
Click here for Joyce Rupp's 'Winter's Cloak', reframing darkness as rest from what dazzles us
Click here for 'Nativitie' by John Donne, inviting reflection on the room in our hearts for Christ
Click here for U.A. Fanthorpe's 'BC:AD', inviting us to ponder again the mystery of Christ's birth
Click here for Kabir's 'Breath', (15th cnetury) inviting us to reconsider where God is found
Click here for Jane Kenyon's 'The Bat', inviting us to reflect on the illusive Holy Spirit and Mary
Click here for Kerry Hardie's 'Autumn's Fall', inviting us to ponder the inevitability of death
Click here for Rowan Williams' 'Advent Calendar', inviting reflection on Christ's coming amongst us
Click here for Elizabeth Jennings' 'November Sonnet', inviting engagement with 'right doubt'
Click here for Paul Booth's 'Drawing In', inviting us to ponder the evening of our lives
Click here for Edith Joy Scovell's 'Deaths of Flowers', inviting reflection on death and life
Click here for Jane Hirshfield's 'Three times my life has opened', inviting reflection on letting go
Click here for David Tait's 'Candles', inviting us to remember Covid-19's global toll on lives
Click here for R S Thomas' poem, 'I think that maybe', about our small steps towards God
Click here fro Raine Maria Rilke's 'God speaks to each of us', inviting us to embrace life
Click here for 'A mid-Covid Reflection': amalgamated parts of poems used June-October
Click here for Pesha Joyce Gertler's 'The Healing Time', inviting us to journey with pain and grief
Click here for Kae Tempest's 'People's Faces', and Imogen McBeath's dance solo,
Memory Of A Body
Click here for Arlene Arshack's 'Tangled Times', inviting us to imagine how the world could be
Click here for D. H. Lawrence's 'Pax', reminding us that all that matters is knowing peace with God
Click here for Zaffar Kunial's 'The Word, with its invitation to reflect on the gift of life
Click here for Denise Levertov's 'Primary Wonder' - the mystery of life sustained by divine love
Click here for Mary Oliver's 'The Summer Day' with a striking 'Question' that Miles responds to
Click here for Rosie Miles' poem, 'Question': a response to Mary Oliver's 'The Summer Day'
Click here for Esther Morgan's 'Epiphany', with its reminder that each moment is a gift from God
Click here for Martha Postlethwaite's 'Clearing', inviting us to make space and to wait patiently
Click here for Malcolm Guite's '
Exaltabo te, Domine
' - I will magnify Thee, O Lord (Psalm 30)
Click here for 'Summer storm' by George Szirtes, calling us to reflect on what normality really is
Click here for 'Almost' by Adrian Salmon, with advice on what to do when we almost give up
Click here for 'A gate inside the wind' by Linda Rose Parkes: a reminder to be open to new things
Click here for 'A Reflection': amalgamated small sections of the poems used, March-June 2020
Click here for 'Harbour' by Grace Nichols, with an ending that echoes the heartfelt cry of many
Click here for Miles Salter's prose-poem, 'That Spring', that reflect on the Covid-19 months
Click here for Carla Grosch-Miller's 'There is a time', which resonates with recent global events
Click here for the wisdom for our new lives in Nicola Slee's 'Prayer for the waiting time'
Click here for 'Blessing in the Chaos' by Jan Richardson, which invites us to let go
Click here for Carrie Etter's 'How to handle a pandemic', and link to poem it's written 'after'
Click here for Jan Berry's 'Behind Locked Doors: Peace be with you' inspired by Jesus and disciples
Click here for Paul Booth's 'Creative distancing', challenging the language of 'social distancing'
Click here for Malcolm Guite's 'Easter 2020' about this year's strange Easter Day
Click here for Christine Crabtree's 'If you fall down', encouraging us to rest during Covid-19
Click here for Laura Sutcliffe's 'In this moment' about animals reclaiming the space we've left
Click here for Rebecca Elson's 'Antidotes to Fear of Death', referencing Hopkins' 'God's Grandeur'
Click here for 'God's Grandeur' by Gerard Manley Hopkins, reflecting the last line of Elson's poem
Click here for 'Pandemic', a new poem about our heartfelt response to Covid-19 by Lyn Unger
Click here for 'When this is over' - a poem about Covid-19's impact by Laura Fannuci
Click here for a light-hearted poem, 'Tae a Virus' (apologies to Robbie Burns), by a virologist
Click here for 'Lockdown' by Br Richard Herrick, about this latest phase in the Covid-19 situation
Click here for a poem by Wendell Berry,'The Peace of Wild Things'
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