WOYWW 60: Gifts From A Poet

Hope Is A Blind Bard
Sister Maura Eichner

This week, I received some distressing news. As a result, I’m departing from my regularly scheduled WOYWW post to share a poem that a former teacher, friend, and mentor wrote. I am sharing it in both written form and on video – I was actually present at this reading! I hope you enjoy the poem, and I hope you’ll stop by my Photo Of The Week to see one of my first – and favorite – pictures of Legend.

What My Teachers Taught Me
I Try To Teach My Students
By Sister Maura Eichner
A bird in the hand
is not to be desired.
In writing, nothing
is too much trouble.
Culture is nourished, not
by fact, but by myth.
Continually think of those
who were truly great
who in their lives fought
for life, who wore
at their hearts, the fire’s
center. Feel the meanings
the words hide. Make routine
a stimulus. Remember
it can cease. Forge
hosannahs from doubt.
Hammer on doors with the heart.
All occasions invite God’s
mercies and all times
are his seasons.


Make routine a stimulus. Remember it can cease.
Have a blessed week, dear friends!

In your travels this week, be sure to visit:

Photo Of The Week – Now This Is Love
Stamping Ground (home of WOYWW!)
Vanilla Pear Bread Recipe
White Wednesday

38 Responses to “WOYWW 60: Gifts From A Poet”

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  1. Hels Sheridan says:

    Beautiful poem, thanks for sharing x

  2. Chrissie says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Shaz in Oz. says:

    Thanks for sharing the poem it was lovely to read and God's blessing and keeping on you,
    Shaz in oz.x

  4. Andria says:

    interesting poem, thanks for sharing.
    Andria – 22

  5. Nicky says:

    Lovely poem – hope you are ok sending you thoughts and prayers ~ Nicky 6

  6. jude says:

    Lovely poem hun ,Have fab wednesday
    hugs judex:0) 22

  7. Bleubeard and Elizabeth says:

    A lovely poem Ramona.

  8. Scrapcat 1 says:

    a beautiful poem

  9. HarmonySweetpea says:

    Sorry to hear of your bad news. Beautiful poem.

  10. Jennie says:

    Hope the next week is better for you
    Happy Woywwing!
    Jennie #4

  11. Helen says:

    Beautiful poem. Hope your week improves.

  12. okienurse says:

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
    Vickie #30

  13. Wipso says:

    A beautiful poem. Really sorry to hear you've had bad news this week.
    A x

  14. nerllybird says:

    Mmmm, the recipe looks yummy! I particularly like the bit about routine in the poem, as well. Hope you can come to terms with your bad news, best wishes, Helen

  15. Julia Dunnit says:

    'Make routine a stimulus' that was the line that really struck me immediately. Am so sorry that you've had to bear distressing news.

  16. sandra de says:

    It's lovely to be able to fondly remember someone who was inspiring.
    Sandra #69

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  18. Jenilee says:

    I love the end of that poem. Thanks for sharing it! visiting from ifellowship 🙂

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  20. Rebekah says:

    Sorry to hear you had distressing news, thanks for sharing your poem hugs Rebekah xx (111)

  21. Debbie says:

    I like the poem. The cat heads on the bodies picture is sort of freaky, but compelling. Please Visit me

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Good Afternoon, thanks for sharing this and so sorry you have had distressing news – I'm sure you take comfort from the words of the poem. I, too, have a favourite poem that I go back to whenever I need it, so know how soothing these words can be. Elizabeth x #61

  23. Reta says:

    I also had the privelege of knowing this gentle nun in life and death. Listening to her recite her poems or reading "Hope is a Blind Bard" was a blessing in itself.

    The picture of Sister Maura at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland reciting "What her students taught her" brings back memories of your college days. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.

  24. butlersabroad says:

    Sounds like you need some hugs Ramona! Hope all is well.

    Brenda 100

  25. Minxy says:

    Hay Joy, No disrespect but the poems not for me,I am not a religious person, but i wanted to say a little hello so you knew i had visited 😀

  26. mi3centsworth says:

    As a poet, I can appreciate these words, thanks for sharing.

  27. mi3centsworth says:

    As a poet, I can appreciate this poem. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Andrea - Wales, UK says:

    What a beautiful poem.


  30. Ciara says:

    Sorry to hear you've had sad news, the poem is beautiful xx

  31. Spyder says:

    fabulous as always! Very lovely,Happy WOYWW! #66

  32. Ohhh Snap says:

    Thank you for sharing the poem. Sending you prayers for your distressing news, whatever it may be. #120

  33. Maggie's Crafts says:

    Great poem!

    Thank you for sharing.


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  38. Rumtruffle says:

    Sorry to hear you have bad news, sharing some love your way xxx

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