Saiom Shriver

Gold Star - 21,196 Points (Ohio)

The Way Of Catholicism - Poem by Saiom Shriver

* Poems To Catholics


PINK PEACH FIRE
OR WOLF OF GUBBIO

Inside the soft peach flesh
lives hard peach pit.
Inside the hard peach pit..
eternal pink peach fire.
Inside the sheep's clothing
lives hard heart wolf.
Inside the wolf's belly
the wolf planned the lamb.
But instead.. inside
wolf's heart
the Lamb of God.


(the maneating wolf of Gubbio was tamed
by the love of Francis of Assisi)


INFANT OF PRAGUE

Why did this towering
masculine man
prefer to worship
the Infinite
.. as the cloaked
Prague Infant?

He had been abused
as a child..
by a strong male.
He found Spirit
in the Powerless

As a dewdropp reflects
the sun
so does the Prague Infant
pour forth the Infinite


LINKLING

A spiral swirl
of windwed weed
Each tiniest wheat-hued
needle
caught a globe of dew
.. a crystal rosary of 59 beads
already goldchained inside
and awaiting only the Jeweler
of Morning
to forge the links
and lift the love aloft to
the Lord

ANNUNCIATION

the Angel of
the Annunciation
cared not
about
Mary's
enunciation

CURE OF ARS

Cure of Ars
with ears
like the sea's
.. listening
hour after hour
to the filth
the rivers bring him

transforming
by listening


PURPLE GRAPE JUICE

Wanded are dew and rain
and underground springs
into new wine
as
the sun world over
says mass in grape vines

CARMELITE

In dusk's carmel light
In the convent Carmelite
where they care more for grace
than karma's blight

.. golddusted are
the garden's gardenias
and bee-kissed
.. the camellias.
As the nuns listened
to the birds' vowbreaking
song.. and the
bees' vowbreaking buzz
some left..
and others stayed


CATHEDRAL BIRDS



Birds are fed at the Cleveland
Cathedral...
unlike the skyscraper diagonal,
it has niches.. and caves..

nooks and naves

where
dew is caught
and dwellings made..

When they are fed by passersby..
the little sparrows sometimes
defer to the pigeons of greater size..
and sometimes quickly get their share.



ANEMONE

Beauty gives her
hegemony...
the pink bush of anemone
.. a flock of settled
butterflies..
...with nary an enemy

CRIMSON CROSS TO PINK JOY

The sun through the crimson cross
of stained glass
.. made pink patterns on
the tiles
as the crimson crucifixion
of Christ became
the joy of His children.




GOSSIP

As if one were throwing
human waste into
the church sanctuary,
gossipers
defile the air waves
of earth with their
gossamer winged thoughts..
which can not be retracted
.. save God do miracles

As they pick up
their dirt balls
they muddy their
own fingers.

GUADALUPE LUPINS

It was in a mountain meadow
of lavender lupins
that he first realized
his visit to the shrine of Guadalupe
had delivered him from lupus.






HOLY SPIRIT IN UNIONTOWN

The Church of the Holy Spirit in Uniontown..
has no stained glass.. no expensive
tower for the exposed bells..
only
a very big holy water font..
and a church
Spirit filled.


I CAN

In the heart of
everyone educated
by a Dominican
is the enfired spirit
of 'I Can'.

In the fires of
God's embrace
it is transmuted
to 'I Will! ' grace.


MICHAEL'S BREAD

Their favorite Communion
is from the uneven hosts
made of Michael's bread
.. it tastes divine
.. love is its leaven
.. lining up to partake
are the hosts of heaven


(to M B C)


O LORD WE ARE ALWAYS WORTHY

O Lord We Are Always Worthy
that You should come to Us
.. for we are made in
Your image..

and no venial cloud
can for long
hide from us our
inner sunselves


OUR LADY OF ALL FLOWERS AND BEES

Flowers left alone
on the forest floor
flowing with
Father's Divine
SunFire

or a florist's flower
painted gold
a frozen bee
trapped in her fold

nor can she shed
her fragrance bold
nor is she allowed
to older grow

Which will it be?





to Joan BC whose love encompasses every flower bee and other bee-ing. Scotching blooms will happen less because Joan continues earth to bless. George Bernard Shaw: I love little children but I don't cut off their heads and stick them in vases. Sai Baba: Why pluck a flower and hasten its death. Ram Dass: When the flowers blossom the bees come


PAPAL BULL

Once the Holy Father
issued a papal bull
excommunicating all
who came to fights of bulls
Trappists would not eat
any part of the heart
or other piece of any bull
St Martin de Porres would
not eat any meat..
not spam or lamb or ham
St Francis ate no creature
not a mussel
Poor Clare consumed no being
not skin organ or muscle
Whether Jesus was an antiquarian
or an antiantiquarian
They all believed that
He.. was a vegetarian.


ROSE ROSARY TO GOD AROSE

Every japamala
every prayer bead
every rosary
every thought seed

With prayers for
immediate peace
each rose colored
rosary..
to God arose

WATERFALL PRIEST

An overturned clamshell
.. this slab of granite shelf
This waterf/alter oer which
priest river pours himself

Poured out to all
the amphitheatre below
this offering of his sacred wine
to his God's every creature shrine

NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Sally E asked us to
visit the shrine..
to be bathed in the
waves of blue light
in which it is immersed.

THE SEA AGREED TO BE CAUGHT

With the anchor, the naive thought he had
caught the sea.
With the fishhook, the child thought
he had caught the ocean.
So great was the heart of the deep, the sea
agreed to be caught.
But he went most quickly to those
with hookless hearts.

HOLY ONES

Holy ones among sisters, priests
brothers and laity
let no discordant papal legacy
stand between them and
Jesus Christ's legacy

DOMINE SUM DIGNUS

Lord I am worthy.
All are worthy..
for we all contain
the Indweller in our hearts.

UNIVERSAL SANCTUARY

The monk concealed the knave
in the hidden church nave
because his sanctuary was for all.
The monk kept all
in his secret heart caves
because his love was for all.

PURPLE GRAPED FEAST

The many armed vine priest
with Spirit Light from the east
offers communion to all
... purple graped feast


CATHOLIC WIND


Silent floating flotilla
of clouds.. supported by
a Catholic wind, prayer propelled,
which will cause them to rain
bringing peace in their train

(The Spanish armada was turned
around by a Protestant wind)

Millions of vigilers for peace in Frankfurt, London,
Paris, in many US capitals.. in many countries
http: //www.amnestyusa.org

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'Waterfall Priest'
to George B of Norton, nee August,1913










© Saiom Shriver

Father in Jesus' name align the Pope and bishops to Your nonviolent will. End the political support by the church of those who bomb babies and work to elect serial executioners. A worldwide coalition of tens of millions is praying the Holy Father will now be among those who work to end the cruelties of the animal laboratories run by international pharmaco-medico cartels http: //www.neavs.org http: //www.peta.net http: //www.animalsagenda.org Colman McCarthy former Trappist monk and syndicated columnist has publicly asked bishops to give good example by not eating animals. Anemone is to Sr. Mary Ellen, OP Crimson Cross to Pink Joy was sparked by Holy Family Church Clara's links turned gold while she prayed in the St Jude Shrine re Gossip.. writer counts herself among those who have been guilty of this and who hope not to be in the future


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, June 15, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 18, 2008


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