Monasteries of the Heart

Old Monk's Journal: Journal Entry 245

Here is the poem for Wednesday, April 21. To celebrate National Poetry Month, I am posting a short poem, a question and prompt every other day during the month. Mostly they will be poems by my daily companions, the ancient Japanese and Chinese poets. I will do the prompt myself, either in prose or poetry, and invite you to join.

Here in Shinano
are famous moons, and buddhas,
and our good noodles

Do you like this poem? Why or why not? How does it make you feel?
Prompt: Begin your poem by naming a particular place and then listing three or four things particular to that location. Try for a surprise ending like “and our good noodles.”

Here in ____ (name of city)
Here on planet earth
Here in my prayer corner
Here in the garden

Here in Erie
are 7-miles of free beaches
the world’s top-five sunsets
and our delicious
ox-roast sandwiches
--Old Monk

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A blog by Mary Lou Kownacki
A personal journal captures what’s in the heart. Most of my adult life I’ve recorded my notes, brief reflections, poems, reactions to daily events in a journal. It is an ongoing source of monastic formation; the rich and raw material of life that helps shape my Monastery of the Heart. About a year ago, Old Monk began to appear on my journal’s pages. Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, is the Monasteries of the Heart coordinator.

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