Lent Word #39: Gather

  • Poem: [Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way] By Juan Felipe Herrera
    Let us gather in a flourishing way

    with sunluz grains abriendo los cantos
    que cargamos cada día
    en el young pasto nuestro cuerpo
    para regalar y dar feliz perlas pearls
    of corn flowing árboles de vida en las cuatro esquinas
    let us gather in a flourishing way
    contentos llenos de fuerza to vida
    giving nacimientos to fragrant ríos
    dulces frescos verdes turquoise strong
    carne de nuestros hijos rainbows
    let us gather in a flourishing way
    en la luz y en la carne of our heart to toil
    tranquilos in fields of blossoms
    juntos to stretch los brazos
    tranquilos with the rain en la mañana
    temprana estrella on our forehead
    cielo de calor and wisdom to meet us
    where we toil siempre
    in the garden of our struggle and joy
    let us offer our hearts a saludar our águila rising
    a celebrar woven brazos branches ramas
    piedras nopales plumas piercing bursting
    figs and aguacates
    ripe mariposa fields and mares claros
    of our face
    to breathe todos en el camino blessing
    seeds to give to grow maiztlán
    en las manos de nuestro amor

Lent Word #35: Celebrate

  • Music Video: Celebration by Kool & The Gang
  • Poem: won’t you celebrate with me By Lucille Clifton

    won’t you celebrate with me
    what i have shaped into
    a kind of life? i had no model.
    born in babylon
    both nonwhite and woman
    what did i see to be except myself?
    i made it up
    here on this bridge between
    starshine and clay,
    my one hand holding tight
    my other hand; come celebrate
    with me that everyday
    something has tried to kill me
    and has failed.