Sunrise after the Storm

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Laura Reece Hogan.                                                                                                             

Sunrise after the Storm

Dark sky shatters, in shards at last
Your sudden brilliance pierces,
Scatters blackness and broken thought,
Sets the spectral horizon ablaze.

Your luminous kisses brush
Leaden bruised cheeks, so hurt
Touching, lighting afire –
Sparking slivers of blue promise.

You have come for me after all
And given me this,
In airy paper and nimbus ribbon –
Unmistakable hope.

Laura Reece Hogan is the author of the poetry chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press, 2017), and I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock, 2017), which explores the spirituality of Paul the Apostle. Both books received 2018 Catholic Press Association Book Awards. Laura’s poems can be found in or are forthcoming in America, The Christian Century, The Cresset, Anglican Theological Review, The Windhover, Penwood Review, PILGRIM: A Journal of Catholic Experience and other publications. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. 

Sunrise after the Storm first appeared in Faith, Hope and Fiction.

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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.

Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for 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. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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