January is all but gone. February right here - with LENT dropping even more quickly into our lives this year than usual!
For a few weeks, I've been casting about for Lenten reading of some kind; a thought, a new book, an old favorite. Christine at Abbey of the Arts as well as Tess have weighed in with lovely selections of possible devotional reading to consider.
Being inspired and awakened to last fall's Advent Season by reflection on the aforementioned sites, as well as by Lucy's insight and by posts on Barbara's site I had planned to pursue one or more of their suggestions for my Lenten reading. However, something out of the ordinary, for me, keeps entering my mind.
Having stated on this site before that I've never really "gotten" poetry or been a reader of it, frequently these days I am drawn to read or even to write poetry; thinking, "what's that all about!?" "What's that all about!?" came to me again last week while sorting through stacks and stacks of books entering our family bookshelves (the new state of our being retired and rearranging offices). I came upon a book of my husband's, entitled - The Dimensions of Poetry; A Critical Anthology. It is loaded with theory, but also with works by authors such as Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, etc.
While paging through the contents and pages of this book - I thought, "I've found my Lenten devotional reading." For those of you who love and find poetry a second language, you may consider this out of the realm of any kind of discipline, much less as a Lenten one. I hope others of you will readily understand the soundness of my decision. So, poetry it is, foolishness, folly, I think not.....called, or at least heavily influenced, to take this book on as my Lenten discipline....that's what I'm doing.