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


Sleep was paltry
Hunger bit hard.
I stood and all
My vision starred
With weariness and galaxies –
Lent had worn
And emptied me.

But in the rushing
Sweep of sky
A sun-shot gull
And raven fly:
Twin stars wheeling
A blazing wind.
I taste of joy
And I am filled.

Maria Grace De Lallo is fascinated by words, and has been turning them into poems for as long as she can remember. She lives in a little cabin, which she calls The Hobbit Hole, plays bagpipes, keeps swords in her umbrella stand, and enjoys peated whisky. Her poems have appeared in Catholic Poetry Room, The Road Not Taken and Reliquiae.

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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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