Solitaire

Catholic Poetry Room


This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by James Matthew Wilson.                                                                                                 

Solitaire

The freezer’s loaded up with chocolate chip
And cookie dough, next to the frosty handle
Of vodka. Daffodils begin to dip
Above their vase and toward the scented candle;

Their stems, where water touches air, seem broken.
Your neighbors’ kids are roaring in the yard,
So I have closed the window, left unspoken
My thoughts on them, instead, set card by card.

This is my penance, not imprisonment,
Because I didn’t like what the doctor said,
And play at solitaire to pass hours spent
Watching you wake and sleep and wake in bed.

I hurt you once, now show that I’m concerned;
Your pain’s the school that taught me all I’ve learned.



James Matthew Wilson is Associate Professor of Religion and Literature in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he has authored dozens of essays, articles, and reviews on all manner of subjects secular and divine, and especially on those where we see the two in their intrinsic relation, as truth, goodness, beauty, and being disclose themselves in art and culture, in the political and intellectual life, in our quest for self knowledge and the contemplation of God. His scholarly work especially focuses on the meeting of aesthetic and ontological form, where the craftsmanship of art-work discloses the truth about being. Wilson is a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, whose work appears regularly in such magazines and journals as First Things, The Hudson Review, Modern Age, The New Criterion, Dappled Things, Measure, The Weekly Standard, Front Porch Republic, The Raintown Review, National Review, and The American Conservative.

Solitaire is from the book, Some Permanent Things; Second Edition (Wiseblood Books).


 

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Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page or Tim's Website at www,GrayRising.com.


Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for IntegratedCatholicLife.org and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. He is currently finishing his second book of poetry, Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim.

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