Sunday, May 1, 2022

21st Annual Arts Festival

 Congratulations, Artists!

Yes! Congratulations to all the artists, photographers, and poets who won awards at the 21st Annual Festival of the Arts, held this weekend at St. Francis School in Haskell, NJ. It was a wonderful event, a favorite that I look forward to year after year. I didn't win any awards this time, but it was still great fun to participate and I definitely enjoyed viewing the artistic entries and listening to the musical presentations, and of course...the poetry!

I'm pleased to share with you one of the poems I entered and read at the festival poetry reading last night. It's titled, "Identifying With Those Sleepy Disciples."

Maude reading poems at Art Festival, St. Francis School, Haskell, NJ.

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There’ve been times I attended

the Friday night service

at my church

after a busy work-week

and although my pastor’s messages

are always interesting

and often profound

and even though I determine

to pay close attention, still


on more occasions

than I care to admit

my heavy eyelids droop

my head nods

and the pen in my hand

makes a jagged mark

across the page of my Bible

or worse, the Bible slides

off my lap, and slips onto the floor


As a result

I’ve missed significant portions

of the message, and flushed

with embarrassment and shame


That’s when I remember

Peter, James, and John

those sleepy disciples, who

on that fateful evening

after enjoying the Passover meal

walked with Jesus

to the Garden of Gethsemane


then Our Lord, filled with anguish

asked them to watch and pray

for His time was at hand


I’m sure they wanted

to be supportive, wanted to pray

but their weak flesh got the better of them

and they fell fast asleep


That’s when I give them grace

as Jesus surely did

and as He surely gives to me


That’s when I forgive myself

and vow to stay awake and alert

next time


Maude Carolan Pych

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