Catholic Poetry Room


Curated by poetry editor, Jeffrey Essmann, the Catholic Poetry Room provides the best contemporary Catholic poetry to inspire you and transform the culture. It is our mission to expand the audience for poetry and thereby deepen our love of God and glorify Him. We welcome submissions and recommendations.

Easter Song

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by George Herbert.                                                                                                                   Easter Song I got me flowers to straw Thy way, I got me boughs off many a tree; But Thou wast up by break of day, And brought’st Thy sweets along with Thee. The sun arising in the East, Though he give light, and th’ East […]

Stations 1 / 8 / 14

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                                                      Stations 1 / 8 / 14 1. Judgment Amazed he was at his naivete, This Jewish “king” from some pathetic town Up north. Had he not well enough conveyed The power he had to nail the fellow down? —The wife comes running with her sordid dream; And “Crucify […]

The Waiting

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Johanna Caton.                                                                                                                      The Waiting Inspired by St Bernard of Clairvaux’s Homily on Our Lady’s Fiat. Homily 4, 8-9: Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc. 4 [1966], 53-54 What sigh or song or sob flew out, unleashed From angel lips, as Spirit’s fathering Word? What innocence in girl and angel stirred, As each […]

In the Garden

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Mary Ann Gauthier.                                                                                                                              In the Garden Like a waif reaching for the last crust of bread, I reach for His hand with hesitation. He smiles a poignant smile. “No need,” He whispers. “It must be fulfilled.” I’m mesmerized by His essence and the purity in His eyes. On my […]

Lonely Shades of Light

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Michael Carlton.                                                                                                         Lonely Shades of Light Warmed with soft rays that glitter of gold, The longer his days with eyes that grow old. He wakes to the shadows of dawn’s early light, Escaped from the cold to the city’s dark night. Life on this bench seen alone in the park […]

The Roar of Waters

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Johanna Caton.                                                                                                                      The Roar of Waters I’ve tried to offer to my God my all. But this, if so, must always be inspired by him – for ego’s fallen imprints fall on sacrifice of self that self has styled. I’ve learned that God’s the one who sends the pain that […]

What Do You Want?

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Philip Vassallo.                                                                                                                      What Do You Want? after John 1:38 If you find yourself on a deserted path with two men following, do not run, cry for help, or reach for whatever weapon you can find, as He did none of these. Turn to them and ask, “What do you want?” […]