On Hatred: A Poem for today’s news

When I have no words, it seems the poet rears his head in me and invites me to choose a backstair – to havens where new language and strong feelings reside.

on hatred

this anger rises
airborne fume
so thick with years
and quick to find
the fault that begs
for justice meted

no contrary voice
nor weapon’s fire
can quick befall
this aged mist
the wound to close
from which it spews

and so this need
a heat to rise
so thick with years
and quick to find
the gaping tear
within the cowled

to burn and curse
that morbid strain
that feeds, infects
the heart extinct
dispels the stench
and heals the rip

within the hater
and the hated.

08.08 Dan Wilt

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P.S. A quote for my poet friends:

“The vocation of the poet, rather like that of the priest, is to recognize to point others to the often imperceptible grace of God; that divine grace that holds everything and everyone in being, and which alone can bring creation to its true fulfillment.”

From The Art Of God by Christopher Irvine (Liturgy Training Publications, 2005) 53.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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