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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 the human with the divine. This device was considered a conduit to God and was commonly used in prayers, hymns and oracles. According to the Harper Collins Study Bible; 1993, one variant of the Abecedarius is found beginning with Psalm 9 and continuing through Psalm 10:18. There, every other line begins with a sequential letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Another is found in Psalm 119, written in 22 stanzas of 8 lines. All lines in a given stanza begin with the same letter. Too bad the English translation does not reflect the Hebrew alphabetical sequence. In modern times, the alphabet is often found in word games for children and is sometimes called the ABC Poem. Psalm in Action by Judi Van Gorder All praise our Creator, called by many names, Blessed is the work of His hands. Cant in dulcet tones His psalms, Dance with energy in His presence Eager to follow His lead For faith is an action word. Gather the oppressed, offer support, Hold them close in His name. Include all who ask, honor those who don't. Joyfully serve all of His commands. Kindle a flame in your heart to Light the way for others that they may see, Mantled by His virtue, we endure. No one is less in His sight Offer sustenance and acceptance to all. Protect with fervor His creation. Quiet is His manner, Righteousness His strength, Science His invention, Time His plan. Unconditional is His love, Vast His ability to forgive, Wise His teachings and Xenias, His gifts given in abundance. Yes, is my answer to His call, my Zeal, will be tempered by tolerance in His image.
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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 down to its current form through the efforts of Latin clerics. Therefore the Psalm, originally Hebrew has become a standard of Latin Liturgical Form.) Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd ---- I shall not want; He maketh me to lie down ---- in green pastures; He leadeth me beside ---- the still waters; ------- He restoreth my soul! He leadeth me in the paths ---- of righteousness ------- for his namesake. Yea, though I walk through the valley ---- of the shadow of death, ---------- I will fear no evil, ------- for Thou art with me! ----------- Thy rod and Thy staff --------------- they comfort me. Thou preparest a table ------- in the presence ----------- of mine enemies. Thou annointest my head with oil, ------- my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy ------- shall follow me all the days of my life ----------- and I will dwell in the house -------------- of the Lord forever. --------------------------- Amen. See my psalm written as an Abacedarius
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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 the scent of mud, musk and decay, a reminder of my mortality. Here in the mist from the near-by Pacific nature's cathedral is my sanctuary. ---Judi Van Gorder
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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 and the lack of consensus in describing a consistent, specific metric pattern, in English it is probably best to create one's own "irregular" pattern, taking care to mix it up and not fall into a predictable iambic or trochaic pattern don't forget the value of caesura to help break up the rhythm. from the Rig Veda to Sürya (sun god) 1500 B.C. Norton Anthology World Literature Volume A, translated by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty We have come up out of darkness, seeing the higher light around us, going to the sun, the god among gods, the highest light. The Sun by Judi Van Gorder My heart is grateful, filled with song raised to heaven upon the tracks of the sun's rays. I choose to live in the warming light of His Son. anustubh by Jan Haag Other Veda verse forms II. Sanskrit Verse Anistubh Brhati gayatri Jagati Pankti Tristubh Ushnik
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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 vowel syllables near the end of the line. ("heavy" is a dipthong, a hard vowel sound or a vowel followed by a combination of consonants) Too Many Years by Judi Van Gorder Sucking one more breath into scarred lungs, the once vibrant man suffers a life no longer desired. His passion and independence reclaimed by time. Other Vedas Anistubh Brhati gayatri Jagati Pankti Tristubh Ushnik II. Sanskrit Verse
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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: stanzaic, written in any number of tercets syllabic, lines of 8 syllables each which are most often written in simple iambic cadence. from the Reg Veda 2000 B.C. Hymns to the Mystic Fire translation changes the syllable count. We meditate on the glory of the Creator; Who has created the Universe; Who is worthy of Worship; Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light; Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance; May He enlighten our Intellect. The Gayatri Mantra, is a well known mantra which is thought to have been recited from the beginning of time through today. It is always proceeded by an invocation of Aum or OM (Ōhmm) which is "Yes to God" entreated with Bhuh (devotion), Bhuvah (action), Svah (knowledge). Aum Bhuh Bhuvah Svah Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky, and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illumine our minds. ~ The Reg Veda (10:16:3)"O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge." Wahiduddin The Haunting by Judi Van Gorder The fiery fingers of the song climb up my spine to set on fire resistance to the music's force. Rhythm so vibrates in my veins that now I throb with its tambour and yield all to the harmony. You are the haunting melody that rides the flame and brands my soul with the sweet tenor of your voice. Other Vedas Anistubh Brhati gayatri Jagati Pankti Tristubh Ushnik II. Sanskrit Verse Regional Forms: III. Bengali, IV. Hindi, V. Kashmiri, VI. Marathi and VII. Teluga
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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 pattern of the lines is language specific and probably impossible to duplicate in English. But for the purist you can try by converting heavy-light to Long-short vowel sounds. The metric pattern would then be sLsL,sLs,LsLss. (a predominantly iambic pattern emerges, sort of) Regression by Judi Van Gorder The acrid taste of earth upon the tongue of those who seek preservation of cultivated land becomes an addiction that inflames their resolve, blinds their eyes, and impedes mind set to compromise. Other Vedic forms Anistubh Brhati gayatri Jagati Pankti Tristubh Ushnik II. Sanskrit Verse Regional Forms: III. Bengali, IV. Hindi, V. Kashmiri, VI. Marathi and VII. Teluga
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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 Blessings from heaven rain down to fill the thirsty streams with life sustaining elixir and wash clean the dust from the late harvest, the Father renews the planet. Other Vedic forms Anistubh Brhati Gayatri Jagati Pankti Tristubh Ushnik II. Sanskrit Forms Regional Forms:III.Bengali, IV.Hindi, V.Kashmiri, VI.Marathi and VII.Teluga
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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 verse. The elements of the Tristubh are: stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains, 4 padas or lines. syllabic, lines of 11 syllables each. The heavy-light or guru-laghu pattern of the lines is language specific and probably impossible to duplicate in English. But for the purist you can try by converting heavy-light to Long-short vowel sounds. metric. The metric pattern would then be L or s L s L L - s s L s L L. (the first syllable may be either Long or short) A caesura appears after the 4th or 5th syllable. Panache by Judi Van Gorder To let loose and declare my wants with panache, make it all about me, my needs, my desires, to cut in and step to the front of the line, just once, it would be fun to play the Diva. Other Vedic forms Anistubh Brhati Gayatri Jagati Pankti Tristubh Ushnik II. Sanskrit Forms Regional Forms:III.Bengali, IV.Hindi, V.Kashmiri, VI.Marathi and VII.Teluga
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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 Vedic forms Anistubh Brhati Gayatri Jagati Pankti Tristubh Ushnik II. Sanskrit Forms Regional Forms:III.Bengali, IV.Hindi, V.Kashmiri, VI.Marathi and VII.Teluga
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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 sacred verse. The hymns were preserved in an unbroken oral tradition of memorization and chanted by Vedic priests. They are the primary scripture of the Hindu religion. Many of the collected hymns of the Vedas were recited as mantras. The Vedic poets called their work "measured utterances" and used "chanda" to imply their "utterances" were ideas incarnate, pleasing to God. The word chanda is often interchangeable with "meter", in either case it refers to the number of lines, length of the line and metric pattern within the line. The mantra could be simply defined as a prayer song but in a more complicated definition, it is a formula, comprising words and sounds which are believed to possess a magical or divine power. The mantra transposes the speaker to a spiritual union with the divine. The chanda is the frame of the mantra but is not confined to the mantra. The chanda of the Vedas, is written in padas which for simplicity's sake could be defined as a line, however a pada is more than just a line, it is a phrase that can be written in one line or could be broken into more than one line. For consistency and simplicity, I treat the pada as a line within the context of this writing. Of the more than 160 Vedic chandas or "meters", there are seven that stand out and are considered the most important, still used today. These seven "meters" are known as the Seven Sister Rivers (tributaries to the Ganges) or are also referred to as portals for the conveyance of knowledge through seven body organs: two eyes, two ears, two nostrils and tongue. The Vedas are spiritual, often chanted in repetition, metric, unrhymed and written in variation. The 7 most important are: Anistubh Brhati gayatri Jagati Pankti Tristubh Ushnik Sanskrit Verse Regional Forms: Bengali, IV. Hindi, V. Kashmiri, VI. Marathi and VII. Teluga
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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 until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand. --------------- --- Anonymous
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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-rhymed triplet followed by any number of quatrains. rhymed, the rhyme of the opening mudanza establishes a linking rhyme with the end line of the succeeding quatrains. Rhyme scheme, aaa bbba ddda etc. An Old Hymn Still Singing by Judi Van Gorder And He walks with me and He talks to me and He tells me I am His own. -Charles Austin Miles 1913 On mornings when the sky is clear, the air washed by an angel's tear, I know that heaven's path is near. To walk in the garden and know truth from a hymn of long ago. Harmony in the fountain's flow. Hush, could it be His voice I hear? Solitary crunch of my shoe, antique rose that sparkles with dew, garden buzzes with life anew, the melody dispels all fear. I learned to sing it as a child, a pretty song with words so mild and even then I was beguiled. My garden sings those words held dear.
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