Francis in January

Saint Francis Giotto Assisi

I’ve never been good at making New Year’s resolutions. This year I at least got something down in the form of a rondel. Not sure what St. Francis would think of my translation of his words, but I really like the sentiment. My best wishes to all for the year to come!

 
Francis in January

Saint Francis had it right, you know,
in letting go what he held dear
to find that God is always near
in loving acts – as his words show:

“Where charity and wisdom go
live neither ignorance nor fear.”
In letting go what he held dear
Saint Francis had it right, you know.

What struggle and reward to grow
in simple gifts. Yet it’s my clear
resolve to bathe in grace this year
by letting love set me aglow.
Saint Francis had it right, you know.

 

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About Andrew Kreider

I'm a poet and musician,transplanted from London, England to beautiful northern Indiana. By day I am a stay-at-home dad with our three kids while my amazingly talented spouse conquers medical school one long shift at a time. At night, I'm a performer and trouble-maker. I love my life.

4 responses »

  1. What’s that I see? Oh! I think it’s St. Francis, smiling 🙂 You certainly gave me a warm glow and smile with this rondel, beautifully done. I love lyrical poetry–you could sing this! Happy Happy New Year Andrew ❤

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  2. Did you post this somewhere else, too… because I love it and will never forget it… beautiful.

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  3. a year of grace and love is not a bad thing at all…and i think st francis would smile on this….that middle stanza really carries the meat for me….nicely done on the form as well…not one for resolutions myself…

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