Resources for Interconnected Relationship

Readings and Quotations

Contributed by Ruth Casey fcJ

This poem is taken from the book From Love Poems From God by Daniel Ladinsky. It is available on the Poet Seers website. For your convenience you can download a copy for personal use here.
Short quote:
                               I have come into this world to see this:
                       the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
                                          of their arc of anger
              because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
                                    and it is His - the Christ's, our


FALL SONG by Mary Oliver
Contributed by Kathryn Lennon fcJ

Kathryn says that this little poem speaks to her of interconnected relationship. You can find the poem on the web on Best Poems by Mary Oliver. There is also a quite lovely video of this poem here.

Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves,

the uneaten fruits crumbling damply
in the shadows, unmattering back

from the particular island
of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere

except underfoot, moldering
in that black subterranean castle

of unobservable mysteries - roots and sealed seeds
and the wanderings of water. This

I try to remember when time's measure
painfully chafes, for instance when autumn

flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing
to stay - how everything lives, shifting

from one bright vision to another, forever
in these momentary pastures.