40 Days of Poetry: Reflections for Lent

As a spiritual discipline for Lent 2014 I selected a poem each day and wrote a brief reflection inspired by the poem. Sometimes I focused on the relationship of the poet to the poem, sometimes on the text of the poem itself, and sometimes on its relevance to me and my world. I began a day late – Thursday March 6 rather than Ash Wednesday, March 5 and the 40 days ended on April 14th, the Monday before Easter Sunday.

  1. All is Well by Arthur Hugh Clough
  2. His Blindness by John Milton
  3. Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  4. My Life Has Been the Poem by Henry David Thoreau
  5. Dear March – Come in – by Emily Dickinson
  6. Prayer of St. Francis (attributed to St. Francis of Assisi)
  7. My Life Closed Twice Before it Closed by Emily Dickinson
  8. God’s Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  9. Afternoon by Dorothy Parker
  10. The Power of the Dog by Rudyard Kipling
  11. Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. The Song of the Pratee by Alfred Perceval Graves
  13. Mock on, Mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau by William Blake
  14. On Reading a Child’s Guide to Modern Physics by W.H. Auden
  15. Patience, Hard Thing! The Hard Thing But to Pray by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  16. “Hope” is a thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson
  17. When Stretch’d on One’s Bed by Jane Austen
  18. A Grain of Sand by Robert William Service
  19. To Life by Thomas Hardy
  20. The Lamp of Life by Amy Lowell
  21. Accomplished Facts by Carl Sandburg 
  22. To a World Reformer by Friedrich von Schiller
  23. Tell all the truth by Emily Dickinson
  24. A Half-Way Pause by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  25. To My Book by Ben Jonson
  26. A Character by William Wordsworth
  27. A Clear Midnight by Walt Whitman
  28. The Old Stoic by Emily Brontë
  29. Butterfly Laughter by Katherine Mansfield
  30. Euthanasia by Richard Crashaw
  31. Sonnet 107 by William Shakespeare
  32. The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay
  33. A Song by Richard Crashaw
  34. The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens
  35. Blue Squills by Sara Teasdale
  36. Gubbinal by Wallace Stevens
  37. Mr. Toad by Kenneth Grahame
  38. On The Gift Of A Book To A Child by Hilaire Belloc
  39. A Rusty Nail by William Service
  40. A Better Resurrection by Christina Rossetti
  41. Death, Be Not Proud by John Donne
You Can Trust Him

God's Faithfulness for the Grieving Parent

Memory Bears by Bonnie

For Those Who Grieve

Through the Looking-Glass

"We're all mad here." "How do you know I'm mad?" "You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”


Humanity ... the manifestation of the Ego and enemy of Truth

The Chatsworth Lady

gardening, jewelry, beautiful things....

Jules Verne Times Two

The more we travel the bigger the world gets

Grief: One Woman's Perspective

Perceptions on life after the death of a child

I say this with love

Writing in relentless pursuit of truth

Something Like a Storybook

from Morgan Bradham


You've reached the Creative Space of Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse. Welcome and join the conversation; I blog the writing life and more. If you need to contact me directly (or sign up for my newsletter), email jhohadli (at) gmail.com But check the site menu first as my bio, book info, services breakdown, portfolio, booking info, or whatever else you need may be just a click away; contact directly to find out about placing ads or sponsored posts. Site content is the © of Joanne C. Hillhouse. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without my clear permission is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. If you're looking for my other blog, go to http://wadadlipen.wordpress.com

The Empire of Carane

Where fiction comes to life


A home for legit sites and recommendations

%d bloggers like this: