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Friday, September 19, 2014

Thirty-first Wedding Festival with Flowers

I was sitting in Einstein Bagels one day when a middle-aged couple came in. She was using a walker, looked like she just had back surgery. Her husband followed her anxiously looking to catch her if she fell, and at a word from from her, he followed her to the ladies room, and held the door open. When they came out, I asked how long they had been married. It was only 12 years, but the husband said with joy, "I got the better deal." She disagreed, saying she was the lucky one. Marriage is like fine wine. It just gets better as it ages. 
by Susan Fox

Came home,
lemonless, bereft and without ginger.
I wanted to pout.
The poet was five pounds heavier;
Mattress didn’t fit. Time zoned out.
Now the diet.

We went to the grocery store.
You wanted to give me flowers,
but they were withered, wilted, washed
out and totally achromatic

Their survival was problematic

Darling -- already so many blossoms!
it was aromatic
like tea twined with cardamom  --
wholesome drink of the deity!

When I landed at the airport: Tulips.1

At home, cleanups galore.
Wild Daisies:2 dramatic wood floor burnished to a lustrous gold.
Immaculate laundry: the fresh scent of dignified white Magnolia.3
Lovely purple lilac:4 dishes clean, towels folded
Golden Chrysanthemum:5 bathrooms gleam
Golden Chrysanthemum
A dusty pink Camellia:6 shower curtains no longer green.
Dark mystery of the African Violet:7 
Weeds, once one hundred fold
now controlled.

Finally, on the rusty red pond of the Marriage Bed
floated one white lotus8 

New Birth

we convene.

White Lotus 
1Red tulip: perfect love
2Daisy: loyal love
3White Magnolia: nobility and perseverance.
4Purple lilac: first emotions of love
5Golden Chrysanthemum: optimism and joy
6Camellia: the petals reflect the spirit of a lady, and the holder of the petals (the calyx) represents the man entrusted by the lady as her protector
7African Violet: Romance

8White lotus: Purity, Rebirth

Friday, September 12, 2014


EDITOR'S NOTE: Today is the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary! Here is utterly lovely music and poetic words in honor of Mary under her title, The Immaculate Conception, referring to her sinless conception.

Please listen to the accompanying music while you read the poem. Both were written and composed by nonsumdignus.

from whom the Savior had His birth.
It could not have been of any other.
But only you of blessed worth,
known to the angels, but not on earth.
O sweetest mother and precious Child,
the angels sang your lullaby,
announced to poor ones the coming King,
and his dear mother the unknown queen.

 Mary, sweet Mother,
your worth is not measured in crowns or thrones.
What once was hidden gladly we make known.
You loved God completely. He made you His own.
You trusted your Maker, gave all into His hands,
including that babe in swaddling bands.
who watched Him grow up from His youth,
You knew the time was sweet, but fleeting,
that He would dwell beneath your roof.
And now the time is here--
The wedding guests have drunk the wine,
and you will tell your Son.
He’ll turn the water to the best wine,
so that the deaf can hear, the blind can see,
and prisoners be set free,
His Kingdom come!


 Mary, sweet Mother,
your worth is not measured in crowns or thrones.
What once was hidden gladly we make known.
You loved God completely. He made you His own.
You trusted your Maker, gave all into His hands,
including that babe in swaddling bands.

you watched your Son be mocked and scorned;
then scourged with whips and crowned with thorns.
The Lamb of God was to be slain,
a bloody sacrifice upon a cross.
You stood there, Mary, a mother grieving, 
beneath the wood of His great suffering.
You bore His agony --the thorns, the nails--
The sword that pierced His heart pierced your heart too.

Final refrain:

Mary, sweet Mother,
your worth is not measured in crowns or thrones.
What once was hidden gladly we make known.
You loved God completely. He made you His own.
You trusted your Maker, gave all into His hands,
including that babe in swaddling bands.

Immaculata, Our Mother!

Did you enjoy this piece, there's a ton more! Go to  nonsumdignus  for more music, poetry and commentary. Click on "Archive," and the music is displayed in purple, the poetry and science in green.


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lament for Western Man

In Memory of James Foley
American Catholic Journalist, who prayed the Rosary, died to expose the suffering of the people of the Middle East and was  beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS)

By Lawrence Fox

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; 
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people.”(Isaiah 53:7,8)

American Catholic Journalist James Foley 
Messenger, your passion was for gathering, and war;
your empathy stirred, inevitably marching you toward peril -- both subtle and blatant.

Little did we appreciate the witness of your herald.
Valor impressed you, made you a magnet for dark ritual obsession.
Carnage, barbarity -- you relayed and became the story for our digestion.
Little did we grasp the deceit -- both subtle and blatant:
“It is a Religion of Peace!”

Colleagues, Citizens, and Politicians, so you persist at the gathering,
enthralled in a post-modern trance, digesting the horror
       without understanding the Islamist ritual context.

“Certainly theirs is not madness,” we pretend;
taking the Progressive Stance:
“Terror gestates only within the heart of heroic men --
seeking to redress injustices performed!”
But by whom and for what, and God knows when?

So, James, we rationalize the murderous atrocity,
missing what the merest Medieval knight understood:
Wrong reigns in a misguided Seventh Century religiosity.

Photo of James Foley's beheading, 
 supplied by James Foley's murderers
Colleagues, Citizens, and Politicians alike ingest your ritual slaughter,
Frozen within a post-modern trance
(POTUS knew since January; CIA favored the Caliphate.)
No one admitting such butchery exceeds
Hammurabi’s eye-for-eye nor Shylock’s “pound of flesh.”
Your death is the natural conclusion of the Quran
Lies never subtle, always malevolently blatant.

Centuries ago in desert lands, James, your end was “divinely” ordained.
It is promoted and enshrined by the Prophet’s sirens;
never ending until the Truth is finally spoon-fed to their yawning hearts.

Your curdling sounds mixed with praises to the Prophet’s god,
their song – some think it lovely – is  relayed back for our consumption and,
your colleagues, citizens, and politicians persist at the gathering,
buried in a post-modern trance, refusing to grasp,
 “It is NOT a religion of peace.”  

Rest in True Peace beloved James Foley, Angel to Western Humanity, and pray that Rosary for us.

--edited by Susan Fox

To Understand this Poem You Might Enjoy Reading Another  Piece that Lawrence Fox wrote:THE GLORY OF ISLAM: Putting the Beheadings, Rapes and Crucifixions into the Context of the Quran 

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Spiritual Director's Library

 by Susan Fox

In this room
all thoughts are spoken.
Even as you light the candles,
each recessive fear of our cupboards is extinguished.

There is no need for dishes.
We counted them once and lost them,
while groping for the matches.

There are no mirrors,
ugly lies written on our walls.
Our door is clean

and as we enter here,
we see each other clearly
         by the candles burning in our voices.