About Walking on Water


This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Laurie Klein.                                                                                                                                                                                 

About Walking on Water

How ably at times, the soul
tacks beyond the usual buoys
tethered in muck—oh,

don’t you long to sail
beyond every eddy,
each riptide that leaves us

awash, in joint unknowing?
Perhaps today we will change
one another in ways

that will matter . . . 10 years,
even 20 years on: Clamber over
the gunwale, believing

He knows these old deck shoes
pinch—too cramped,
for all we’re becoming.


Laurie Klein is the author of the poetry collection Where the Sky Opens (Poeima Poetry Series, Cascade), and an award-winning chapbook, Bodies of Water, Bodies of Flesh. A past recipient of the Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred, Klein has also been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in poetry and creative nonfiction. She lives in the Inland Northwest.

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Jeffrey Essmann, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page.


Jeffrey Essmann 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.

Jeffrey is an essayist and poet living in New York. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, among them America Magazine, Dappled Things, the St. Austin Review and The Road Not Taken. He is a Benedictine oblate of Mt. Saviour Monastery.

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