Religious and Not-So-Religious Poetry

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    I love words, they help make sense of the occasionally churning morass inside my soul.

    When I was leaving Christianity, this poem was particularly meaningful to me:

    There was a lot of fear about coming out of my particularly repressive version of fundamentalism. This poem helped me remember that there was nothing to fear.

    I'd like to invite you to share your favorite spiritual (or non-spiritual) poems.
     
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    The Psalms in the Bible are sometimes referred to as poems. I cannot thank the Lord enough for His help through them.


     
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    The Guest House by Rumi

    This human being is a guesthouse.
    Every morning a new arrival.

    A joy, a depression, a meanness,
    Some momentary awareness comes
    As an unexpected visitor.

    Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if they're a crowd of sorrows
    Who violently sweep your house
    Empty of it's furniture.
    Still, treat each guest honorably.
    He may be clearing you out for some new delight.

    The dark thought, the shame, the malice
    Meet them at the door laughing
    And invite them in.

    Be grateful for whoever comes
    Because each has been sent
    As a guide from beyond.
     
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    When I heard the learn’d astronomer;

    When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;

    When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;

    When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,

    How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;

    Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,

    In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,

    Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.


    Walt Whitman
     
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    days of dreams,
    nights of quest,
    and on sunday,
    we go to church
     
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    I caught the happy virus last night

    When I was out singing beneath the stars!

    It is remarkably contagious

    So kiss me.

    Hafiz
     

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