Image Quietness

With respect to the soul,
Be gentle, kind, and clean,
Subtle with the awareness of dreams.
Do not pierce your love,
With things that should never be seen.


Who Has Seen the Wind?

by Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.


A new bad poem

She stole all my words,
She did not like them.
She is my Holy Mother.
She chases me around.


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By Gabriella Petrillo – Florham Park, New Jersey, USA – 1 March 2017

I have spent my life
Playing in the fire
Where the devil sleeps,
Burning scars with all of those
Who burned with me.

Swayed into the heat until
The flames were gone,
Leaving nothing, but hurt and hate,
An empty, cold void
Where we were lost, and we wait,

Until I drown in the tears
Of my own suffering
And I turn away,
Scorned and mocked by those who
Condemn me to my fate.

Standing bare and bleeding
Because there is a purpose
And it is all that is meant to be,
I walk wounded, and alone

Down this road to Calvary.

I carry my cross
To the valley of ashes
Until I fall at your feet,
Suffer, die, and bury
Until I am redeemed.

Pull me from the dead,
Forgive me,
And set me free,
Remind me of who I am,
And let it be.


Long Barren

a poem by Christina Rossetti

Thou who didst hang upon a barren tree,
My God, for me;
Though I till now be barren, now at length
Lord, give me strength
To bring forth fruit to Thee.

Thou who didst bear for me the crown of thorn,
Spitting and scorn;
Though I till now have put forth thorns, yet now
Strengthen me Thou
That better fruit be borne.

Thou Rose of Sharon, Cedar of broad roots,
Vine of sweet fruits,
Thou Lily of the vale with fadeless leaf,
Of thousands Chief,
Feed Thou my feeble shoots.


Transformation through sadness

…there is almost nothing I can say that will help you, and I can hardly find one useful word.  You have had many sadnesses, large ones, which passed.  And you say that even this passing was difficult and upsetting for you.  But please, ask yourself whether these large sadnesses haven’t rather gone right through you.  Perhaps many things inside you have been transformed; perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were sad.  The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with noise; like diseases that are treated supefically and foolishly, they just withdraw and after a short interval break out again all the more terribly; and gather inside us and are life that is unlived, rejected, lost, life that we can die of.  If only it were possible for us to see farther than our knowledge reaches, and even a little beyond the outworks of our presentiment, perhaps we would bear our sadnesses with greater trust than we have in our joys.  For they are the moments when something new has entered us, something unknown; our feelings grow mute in shy embarrassment, everything in us withdraws, a silence arises, and the new experience, which no one knows, stands in the midst of it all and says nothing.  –‘Letters to a Young Poet’ Rainer Maria Rilke


A Better Resurrection

a poem by Christina Rossetti

I have no wit, no words, no tears;
My heart within me like a stone
Is numb’d too much for hopes or fears;
Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with grief
No everlasting hills I see;
My life is in the falling leaf:
O Jesus, quicken me.

My life is like a faded leaf,
My harvest dwindled to a husk:
Truly my life is void and brief
And tedious in the barren dusk;
My life is like a frozen thing,
No bud nor greenness can I see:
Yet rise it shall—the sap of Spring;
O Jesus, rise in me.

My life is like a broken bowl,
A broken bowl that cannot hold
One drop of water for my soul
Or cordial in the searching cold;
Cast in the fire the perish’d thing;
Melt and remould it, till it be
A royal cup for Him, my King:
O Jesus, drink of me.