With the Saints


This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Marilyn Page.                                                                                                     

With the Saints
Northern light, true light
unveils the green cedars in the glen.
I enter the hush, contrite
for not thanking family gone before
for the small attentions when
I was young. I now deplore
the ingratitude.
Yet it is not too late
to thank them, for despite
my neglect, in hindsight,
now only gratefulness. Walk with me here
with a barred owl swooping in crisp air.
On dirt and pine needles I tread carefully.
Be with me in this light, a treasury
of reverie yet more than memory
Be with me now.

Marilyn Page lives in Leavenworth, first city of Kansas with her husband, Joe. She is a retired social worker, having counseled and managed faith-based non-profit agencies helping those with less. She volunteers at the local interfaith shelter. She is friends with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and enjoys their company. She visits with the Sisters often, including those who are more limited now with health challenges.

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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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