Sunday, March 19, 2006

2006 Thomas Merton Prize - Poetry of the Sacred

(Winning Poem by Jeffrey Johnson of Sudbury, Massachusetts)

Of how much more value
are you than the birds?
Luke 12:24

If you can focus your eyes
on that bird on the bench,
the one in the charcoal suit
with the off-white shirt,
see that it's small and proper
with a formal tail tipping
and a head swiveling socially,
see how it flaps straight up
and lands on the same spot,
with bugs on its breath, see it
smooth and present there
and not as a specimen,
an example, a kind or a type,
as a pet to be held or a carcass
for the altar or the market,
but as a small bird on a bench,
then you will have prayed,
and prayed well I would say,
as if you loved an ordinary
and otherwise unnoticed bird.


At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He prayeth well who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best who loveth best
All things both great and smasll,
For the dear God who madeth us,
He made and loveth all."

Hello, Madhava Gosh. I've missed you. I sent you a private message on poetry x before Christmas, but my computer failed to send it. Thought I'd check in on your site.

Best wishes,

At 8:03 AM, Blogger Madhava Gosh said...

Nice to hear from you. It's been the long slow decline here and as energy ebbs away, I keep having to give up things I used to do.

I have been entering an informal ongoing monthly haiku contest to try keep my hand in at writing poetry. I usually finish near the bottom of the heap :-)

Poetry X was getting too overrun by newbies with an attitude and I am practicing avoiding conflict as much as possible. It was starting to take too much to be invovled there.

Plus I got caught up into this blogging thing and rather enjoy it.

Hope you are well and still writing, and your band is still fun for you.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger Ravi Yedavalli said...

Hi Madhava, I was wondering if you noticed that your blog stopped displaying your profile information and other related stuff. This is because of the URL (Some like it Hot)that spill over the blog area to the information frame. You might want to fix it.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Madhava Gosh said...

I figured that out but don't know how to fix it. I tried to give it a display name that was much shorter but it refused to take it.

All the sidebar stuff is still there, it just displays at the bottom of the page.

The blog server went dysfunctional for a while and I was hoping somehow it would resolve itself after they got it up and fine tuned it.

I will go into editing and give it another shot. If not, in a few days it wil rotate off the opening page. Tks for confirming my suspicion about the too long url. Mostly, I am faking my way through the technical side of blogging.


At 10:37 AM, Blogger Madhava Gosh said...

Okay, it is fixed. I had reversed the order in the tag so the display name wasn't working. Thought I had it nailed, but it still wasn't putting sidebar at top so I went back and found another address in the same article just a couple of letters too long, and also one in the newest Lottery Winner's post. Finally got it all sorted out.

Thanks for the prod.

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Ravi Yedavalli said...

I also wanted to say that I really enjoy reading your blog and I marked it as one of my favourites. Wanted to know what is your actual name, age and any other information about yourself that you wouldn't mind letting your readers know. I do host a blog at

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Madhava Gosh said...

Well, since I was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1974, my name is Madhava Gosh. I only use my legal name when necessary to interact smoothly with the macro society.

I am 56, have 5 children, 2 grandchildren and another on the way. I used to be very physically active until last couple of years so am working on inventing a new identity for my now sedentary self. This blogging is one outcome of that.

Checked out your blog. The picture of the idli plate was almost unbearable to look at as it was so good. Mostly here we do more North Indian style cooking, while idli is more South Indian. At least that is what I have been told. I do get some idlis occasionally and have never met a bad one.

I hope your restaurant branding idea works out. It appears you are receptive to vegetarian ideas so I hope it has a good vegetarian menu.

Although raised a meat eater, I have been vegetarian for about 35 years.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Ravi Yedavalli said...

Thanks for your reply. Idli and Pesarattu (Green gram pancake) both are essentially South Indian breakfast items. If you happened to travel in Northern part of India you surely wouldn't get them unless you breakfast at a South Indian speciality restaurant.

I am born and brought up in a vegetarian community and I still remain a vegetarian. Joules, my calorie conscious restaurant would essentially be a vegetarian restaurant, I don't intend to promote non vegetarian food in it.

As far as the branding idea is concerned we are making a little but consistant progress, we have finalized the logo and my latest blog is about the same.

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Madhava Gosh said...

Glad to hear about your menu.

We tend to overestimate what we can do in a day, but underestimate what we can do in a year so keep at it.


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