Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

[Lent: day 9/40]

Mercy of the Fallen
Dar Williams

Oh my fair North Star
I have held to you dearly
I have asked you to steer me
Til one cloud-scattered night
I got lost in my travels

I met Leo the lion
Met a king and met a giant
With their errant light

There’s the wind and the rain
and the mercy of the fallen
Who say they have no claim to know what’s right
There’s the weak and the strong
and the beds that have no answer
And that’s where I may rest my head tonight

I saw all the bright people
In imposing flocks they landed
And they got what they demanded
And they scratched at the ground
And then they flew
And the field grew as sweetly as for the flightless
Who have longing yet despite this
They could hear every sound

There’s the wind and the rain
and the mercy of the fallen
Who say they have no claim to know what’s right

If your sister or your brother
Were stumbling on their last mile
In a self-inflicted exile
Wish for them a humble friend

And I hope someday
That the best of Falstaff’s planners
Give me seven half-built manors
where half dreams may dream without end

There’s the wind and the rain
and the mercy of the fallen
Who say, "Hey it’s not my place to know what’s right."

There’s the weak and the strong
And the many stars that guide us
We have some of them inside us


It is difficult to find 40 poems of quality appropriate to desert days of seeking (preferably with some Christian bent to them) especially when one's reading time is limited to the commute (which is also ideal for much-needed napping).  I foresee assorted postings of songs (which of course are entirely valid as poems).  Recommendations of poets/anthologies are always welcomed.
Tags: lent: 2006: daily poetry, poetry: lent: 2006
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