Woman Taken Out of Man

Catholic Poetry Room

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by John Liddy.                                                                                                  


Woman Taken Out of Man

Woman, taken out of man,
as Adam dreaming slept,
From Adam: Eve, Creator’s plan,
drawn from within his depth

Man, taken out of woman
as Mary pondering kept
inside her heart, her depth within
as baby Jesus slept.


John Liddy and his wife Meredith reside in northern New Jersey where he works as an accountant. John and Meredith enjoy hiking, camping, literature, and other shared interests and values. John’s poetry ranges across themes of nostalgia, religion and spirituality, family and friendship, struggle, history, love and humor.

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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 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. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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