Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Hildegard von Bingen

“Like billowing clouds, 
Like the incessant gurgle of the brook,
The longing of the spirit can never be stilled.” 

― Hildegard von Bingen

Midweek Motif ~ 

Hildegard von Bingen

From "8 Reasons Why Hildegard Matters Now" by  in the Huffington Post: 

 "Born in the Rhineland in present day Germany, Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was a visionary [Benedictine] nun and polymath. She founded two monasteries, went on four preaching tours, composed an entire corpus of sacred music, and wrote nine books addressing both scientific and religious subjects, an unprecedented accomplishment for a 12th-century woman. Her prophecies earned her the title Sybil of the Rhine. An outspoken critic of political and ecclesiastical corruption, she courted controversy.
" . . . .  Reason #4:  "A cornerstone of Hildegard's spirituality was Viriditas, or greening power, her revelation of the animating life force manifest in the natural world that infuses all creation with moisture and vitality. To her, the divine was manifest in every leaf and blade of grass. . . . Hildegard celebrated the sacred in nature, something highly relevant for us in this age of climate change and the destruction of natural habitats."
"I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon and stars ... I awaken everything to life." -- Hildegard von Bingen, Liber Divinorum (Book of Divine Works)

Your Challenge:  
Use any element and/or image from Hildegard von Bingen's music, writing and life as inspiration for a new poem.

Awakening The Heart By Hildegard of Bingen

Holy Spirit,
Giving life to all life,
Moving all creatures,
Root of all things,
Washing them clean,
Wiping out their mistakes,
Healing their wounds,
You are our true life,
Luminous, wonderful,
Awakening the heart from its ancient sleep.

(from Huffington Post, "Daily Meditations: Awakening the Heart") 

Hildegard von Bingen.jpg
Illumination from the Liber Scivias showing Hildegard 
receiving a vision and dictating to her scribe and secretary. 
From Wikipedia: Hildegard of Bingen.

"Universal Man" illumination from Hildegard's Liber Divinorum Operum
I.2. Lucca, MS 1942, early 13th century

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For those who are new here:  
  1. Post your Hildegard  poem on your site, and then link it here.
  2. If you use a picture include its link.  
  3. Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
  4. Leave a comment here.
  5. Visit and comment on our poems.

~Next week's Midweek Motif will be Heritage Day (South Africa)~

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Monday, September 15, 2014


This week, my poetic buddies, we are featuring a poem by our very own Mary, who writes at In The Corner Of My Eye. This poem really speaks to a poet's heart, from one poet to another, and as soon as I read it, I appointed it our Poem of the Week!

There is a poem at the end of the world
it is by an unpublished poet
it is not a war poem or a political poem
it is not obscure and not divisive
it is a poem of the heart not the hand.

it is the poem many have tried to write
but only a lone poet has achieved
it is the poem that gives universal hope
but does not drip with maple syrup
it is the poem I wish I had written.

Actually, Mary, I think you just wrote that poem. It really says it all - what we feel when we tap the keys or pick up the pen - wanting to express that elusive thought, not always as clearly as we wish. But at least we try! I love this poem. Especially "There is a poem at the end of the world...." Beautiful!

"Thank you" is not enough words, Mary, for all that you do to keep Poets United alive and thriving. We appreciate you so much. 

Do come back to see who we talk to next, my friends. Who knows? It might be you!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Poetry Pantry #218

Natasa Dolenc's Photos of Italy

Basilica of Aquileia

Candles in Basillica

Castle Duino

Inside Basilica of Aquileia

Monument of Romulus and Remus in Aquileia

Roman Settlement Aquileia

A fellow Natasa met in Aquileia

World War Memorial in Redipuglia

Greetings, Poets!

Glad to see each of you here this week for Poetry Pantry.  It is always enjoyable for me to get to know you through your poetry; and I hope you feel the same.  Admittedly, I personally appreciate those with whom there is a feeling of reciprocity, which makes for a feeling of community.  I think we ALL tend to visit (after a while) people with whom we reciprocate.  I just don't GET people who link and enjoy visits, yet don't bother to visit others -- even those who spent time making comments on their poetry.

This week I am sharing a second set of photos that Natasa Dolenc has shared from her trips this past summer.  This week the photos are of Italy.   How wonderful it is to be able to visit so many parts of the world through the Pantry. 

Be sure to visit Poets United Monday to see what Sherry Blue Sky  has planned to share.  Will it be a featured poet?  A featured blog?  Or a featured poem?

Glad to see there is always a  great turn-out for Midweek Motif.  We hope to see you this coming week for another challenging prompt by Susan Chast!  (And, ha, perhaps many of you have noticed that if you look at one week's prompt Susan gives  a clue about the following week's prompt as well, so you can get a head start.)

And on Friday, remember to see who Rosemary Nissen-Wade features on "I Wish I Had Written This" or  "The Living Dead."

Again:  I issue an invitation here to those of you who participate in Poetry Pantry.  If YOU have special photos that you would like me to feature some week, let me know what kind of photos you have.  There are participants here from many different cities, many different countries.  I think it is great fun to see different areas featured. I am especially interested in scenic views of your area or an area you have visited.  Send inquiries first to letting me know what you have.  I am interested in city or country views - in your home area or places you have traveled.

Link your ONE poem.   Then leave a comment below. Then visit other poets.  And I will too.  (If I miss your poem, visit me, and I will visit you... I am like anyone else, appreciating reciprocity.) We ALL like comments, so if you link please DO spend time visiting others.  That is part of the fun as well.  We really like it if you link back to Poets United too, so we spread the Poetry Pantry word in the blogosphere.

Come back a few times on Sunday and Monday to see what's new.  Visit some strangers, and they will become new friends!  Making new friends and reading new poetry, what more could one want?

If you are on Facebook, look for us there as well. Join our site.  It is one more way to stay in touch!

And is the procedure, for those who are new here:  Each Sunday we start a new post with a New Mr. Linky for you. This is so that you can post a link to a poem in your blog. The link will close Monday at 12:00 p.m. (CDT), but you can still visit the links of those who have posted them.