Wednesday, February 17, 2021

It's Ash Wednesday

 Today is Ash Wednesday.

I will be posting A-Poem-a-Day

Until Resurrection Day,

Reflections for our Lenten journey...

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It’s Ash Wednesday—


Off in the distance I hear thunder

thunder, like the sound of a big bass drum


There’s a BOOM and a BOOM and a BOOM

and a BOOM


like ticking and ticking and ticking

of a clock     Like a pulse     pulsing

Like beats     Heartbeats




I’m reminded of time wasted

and time used wisely

of goals realized

and goals not met


Have I said the important things?

Have I done them?

Have I given enough?

Have I loved enough?     Forgiven?

Accepted forgiveness?


Is the world better because I’m here?


Have I done what I need to do       with God?


I listen for the next strike to the drum

and the next


BOOM and a BOOM and a BOOM


I don’t want the rhythm to stop


but       it will


I recall our vigil at Joanne’s bedside—

Remember holding my breath, waiting for her next

waiting for each heartbeat       Wishing

my hoping were enough

to keep her


The beat goes on     It won’t falter


until     BOOM and a BOOM…..BOOM

and     silence


dead silence


and that’s it




That’s when what I’ve done

or haven’t done


with God


takes over


Maude Carolan Pych

For more inspirational poetry during Lent

may I suggest my book of poems

about the Birth, Death & Resurrection of our Savior...

"Behold the Lamb...poetically!"

by Maude Carolan Pych

is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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