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  1. Lectio Divina - Meditation on Sunday Reading 3rd Sunday of Easter Cycle C Feed My Sheep John 21:15-16 "Feed my sheep" "Tend my flock" Peter charged to build His church, to feed and shelter. The directive simple without exclusion, nurture and protect. Christ creates a recipe with grains of love, hope, and faith to feed his flock. His blueprint for a strong shelter built on rock foundation of truth, compassion and justice. From earlier scripture "knock and it will be opened", deems His flock inclusive. without our judgment, that's His job
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Semitic Verse Abecedarius, Latin - abecedarian =" term for alphabetic primer" is a lyrical poem composed as an acrostic employing the poetic device of the first letters of its lines forming an alphabet. To use the alphabet in a unique manner is the creative challenge of this genre, other than the obvious of finding words for the letters x and z. Alphabetic acrostics first appear in Hebrew religious poetry found in the Old Testament. It seems that using letters of the alphabet as the initial letter of each line was thought by ancient cultures to connect
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Semitic Verse Greek Verse Psalm (from the Greek - song sung to a harp) is a hymn or song of praise. The songs attributed to King David in the Old Testament are psalms. The New Shorter Oxford Dictionary describes a psalm as "A sacred song that is or may be sung in religious worship or any song or ode of a sacred or serious character". (Here is a Psalm from scripture, it is a favorite of mine. I learned the King James Version as a child. This beautiful Hebrew prayer dates back long before the Romans but the Hebrew text was preserved, interpreted and passed
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    Ancient and Alive

    Ancient and Alive Trees old enough to remember hearing the footsteps of God rise into clouds collecting rain to quench their thirst. Massive branches hang down and out with tips up, like an eagle stretching to snatch the wind. The sun filters through mute-green needles stitching lacy patterns on the forest floor. Blood brown trunks, nourished by the bones of the Pomo people carry the scars of epochs as they tower above the shaded ferns. while roots spread deep and broad anchored to the damp earth. At the foot of a giant a broken twig lies in t
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    Sunrise Service

    A poem written this morning as an example of a verse form Cornish Fourteenth Century Stanza but the content is appropriate for the day... Happy Easter! Sunrise Service Empty cross upon a hill, rising sun warms morning chill, joyful sounds fill the air. I stand within the faithful press In MaryJanes and yellow dress, age 8, I can only stare. ---Judi Van Gorder
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    rust climbing steps to temple rusty knees complain while snow capped crown gracefully bows low in gratitude --Judi Van Gorder An old one revised, revision inspired by Brendan's Mono no Aware. Chinese genre xiaoshi
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    I. The Vedas : Anistubh

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Indian Verse The Vedas, an Overview Anistubh, (Sun God, originating from the veins of Prajāpati) the first of the Vedic chandas or meters is a stanzaic form in ordinary epic meter. The verse is often a chanted mantra. The elements of the Anistubh are: stanzaic. The stanza or chanda is written in 4 lines or padas syllabic, a total of 32 syllables, the line are 8 syllables each. irregular. The anistubh has an irregular cadence, caesura and alternating trochaic and iambic meter contribute. Note: Because of language differences
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    I. The Vedas: Brhati

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Indian Verse The Vedas, an overview. Brhati ("that which grows" or "life's breath", God of Words) is an ancient Vedic stanzaic form. Brhati is named as one of the seven horses pulling the chariot of the sun. In verse the elements of the Brhati are: stanzaic, written in any number quatrains or 4 line stanzas. syllabic, 36 syllables per quatrain, lines of 9 syllables each. metric, the metric pattern of the line requires 2 heavy syllables. In English break the cadence with caesura and attempt to include a couple of long or heavy vowe
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    I. The Vedas: Gayatri

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Indian Poetry Vedic Verse Gayatri (the one who protects the one who sings, Goddess of Past Present and Future) is considered a priestly Vedic meter and one of the most favored chandas or meters of the mantras of Indian verse. The Gayatri is associated with the head or intellect and is said to have originated from the skin of Prajāpati. This is a form that seems to have transitioned from Veda to Sanskrit during the overlapping period from 700 to 200 B.C. and appears to be synonymous with the Sanskrit sloka. The elements of the Gayatri are: sta
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    I. The Vedas: Jagati

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Indian Poetry Vedic Verse Jagati (the god of nature and animals), in Hindu tradition Jagati is associated with the 4th horse harnessed to the golden chariot of the sun. This Vedicverse is a stanzaic form with a lot of room to maneuver and is often thematically associated with the body parts of hips, belly and penis also linked to the "bones of the Lord of the living entities", whatever that means. The elements of the Jagati are: stanzaic, 4 lines or padas syllabic, lines of 12 syllables each. metric. The heavy-light or guru-laghu
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    I. The Vedas: Pankti

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Indian Verse I. The Vedas, an Overview Pankti (associated with food and the god of rain) is a Vedic meter found in one of the later books (Book V) of the Reg Vida. Also known as the 5th horse pulling the golden chariot of the sun god and is said to come from the bone marrow. In Hindi it means line or sentence and is a popular Indian girl's name. The elements of the pankti meter are: stanzaic, 40 syllables, written in any number of quintains, 5 padas or lines. syllabic, lines of 8 syllable each. Generosity by Judi Van Gorder Bl
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    I The Vedas: Tristubh

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Indian Verse The Vedas Tristubh trée-shtoobh (hymn, from the god of devas -shining ones or nature spirits and originating from the flesh ofPrajāpati) is originally found in part of the Bhgavad Gita chapter 11 Verse 15 - 44 (including this phrase "brighter than a thousand suns") and makes up about 40% of the meters in the Rig-Veda. Many of the The Veda meters are associated with body parts, the Tristubh is associated with the chest and arms. This ancient meter does appear in poetry centuries later connecting the content to the Vedic character of the
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    I. The Vedas: Ushnik

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Indian Verse Vedic Verse Ushnik (God of Wind orignating from the hairs of the body of the almighty Prajāpati) is a stanzaic Vedic meter. The 7th horse pulling the golden chariot of the sun god is named for this meter. The elements of the Ushnik are: stanzaic, any number of quatrains, 4 padas or lines. syllabic, lines of 7 syllable each. Fair Weather Sailor by Judi Van Gorder The wind that pushes your sails is hot air from the tropics, cold northern winds extinguish the force, bring you back to earth. Other Vedi
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    I. The Vedas

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry India's Verse Forms Overview The Vedas The word "veda" means "revealed knowledge" and collectively refers to ancient Indo Aryan religious literature. Oral tradition goes back to 2000 BC thru 200 BC and is believed by many Hindus to have been around since creation. From Delight we came into existence. In Delight we grow. At the end of our journey’s close, Into Delight we retire. ---------------------- The Upanishads There are four books known as the Vedas which are a simple, formal and structural discipline for non-narrative sac
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    Benison or Blessing

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Liturgical Verse Benison or Blessing from the Latin -benediction, is exactly as the word implies, a call for God's grace to be bestowed upon someone or something. As a poetic genre, the poem may be written in any verse form at the discretion of the poet. I have to include this Traditional Irish blessing, not only as an example of the poetic genre but as my wish for all who venture here. May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be ever at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face And the rain fall softly on your fields And u
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    Zéjel with a mudanza

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Spanish Verse Zéjel is a romantic Spanish form with Arabic influence related to the Qasida and adopted by the Spanish troubadours of 15th century. The Zéjel is distinguished by linking rhyme established in the opening mudanza (strophe in which the theme is established in a mono-rhymed triplet). There have been many variations of the form, in Arabic a variation of the form is called the Zahal The elements of the simplest and most common form of the Zéjel are: syllabic, most often written in 8 syllable lines. stanzaic, opening with a mono-rhy
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