A perfect Saturday: a hand-holding walk with a patient man, an antique store, a cafe, and, finally, a beach with two lawn chairs. In the company of the Atlantic Ocean, the summer sun, and my snoozing husband, I was introduced to a new poet — Marjorie Maddox — in my meandering read through True, False, None of the Above, a song about life in the key of grace.
Based on her reading, her teaching, and her embrace of a life of faith, Marjorie’s poetry examines important themes with clarity and an open-mindedness that spurs the heart on to more pondering.
To jump start your worship: Unlike God we tilt and turn, but “the Trinity’s still point throws no shadow.” “His face is the greater flame, but doesn’t flicker.”
To celebrate beauty in nature: Marjorie notices and then reports. As it happens, “lightening does, after all, saw through space — a jagged bread knife of sharp.”
Events from the evening news find their way into Marjorie’s poems along with whispered prayers over dirty dishes and clean laundry. It is a delight when poetic imagery illuminates daily tasks and decisions — even the generational do-si-do of storing people’s stuff and then throwing it away to make room for new memories in “this world of want.” It is a blessing to find images from an ancient Book reconfigured so that this time there is no favoritism — both Jacob and Esau have received a poem. And on a perfect summer afternoon, it’s pure bliss to open a book, to read it slowly enough to savor images, and then just to “go wherever the poem takes us.”
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