The Sea of Tiberias

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Maria Grace De Lallo.                                                                                           

The Sea of Tiberias

I remember once before,
a morning like this,
and against the sunrise,
a Man upon the shore.
His voice on the water
bidding, “Cast thy nets again.”
And once before,
this miracle of fish,
and water at the gunnels,
as the nets tore.
I let them fall
stunned with sudden joy
remembering that once before.
Nor could I bide to wait.
Fast as a fish, I swam to meet
my Lord upon the shore.


Maria Grace De Lallo is fascinated by words, and has been turning them into poems for as long as she can remember. Her favourite poetry, both to read and to write, is the old-fashioned sort, full of rhymes, alliteration and assonance . She has a particular fondness for myths, languages (which she is very bad about learning) and Tolkien. She has an unfulfilled desire to read Beowulf in the original Old English.She lives in a little cabin, dubbed The Hobbit Hole, plays bagpipes, keeps swords in her umbrella stand, and enjoys peated whisky. She works at a small library situated within a stone’s throw of Lake Tahoe, where, she runs a biweekly writing group for teens and young adults. She recently completed a one-on-one poetry class with Nicholas Samaras, through Image Journal’s Glen Online program. She is a Catholic by birth and grace, and attends a Latin Mass, where she and her sisters serve as the choir.

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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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