Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A Poem by Sr. Anna Mae Marheineke, RSCJ
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Today's blog post is a poem taken from the book"Smile the Sun Around My Heart" The Collection of Poems of Anna Mae Marheineke, RSCJ. Sr. Marheineke is a 1934 alumna of the Academy of Saint Charles and currently resides in California at the Oakwood Retirement Community.
There's a forsythia beneath my window -
Three bushes in a row,
and one all by its golden self
next to a stubborn elm, slow-
greening to Spring.
That frail yellow finery is more
than a little brave, daring
a sudden icy wind whipped loose
from the West. The noose
of winter urgently yields
to kite-crowded skies and expectant fields
turned to a timid sun. Dark, long
months my heart has hounded the dawn.
Now, breathless it catches Resurrection joy
resolute, buoyam, in the throng
of golden bells lacing slim
forsythia branches bright
below me. Deal kindly, O season
of life. Behold the handmaid of Light!
--- Anna Mae Marheineke, RSCJ
Note: If you wish to purchase a copy of Sr. Marheineke's collection of poems look under the heading on the right "Books by Sacred Heart Alum Authors" and click on the link to her book.