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The Personal Liturgy of a Quiet Woman by Susan Patterson

Monday, October 5th 2015 @ 9:19 AM

The Personal Liturgy of a Quiet Woman  - Poem, audio, and discussion by Susan Patterson

 

 

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The Personal Liturgy of a Quiet Woman

I fluff and feather
And put and putter.
To make my place as
Perfect as it can be.

It is refreshment,
Renewal,
Re-creation
In the same old space for
Stewardship that satisfies,
Then inspires me.

The final step of this hearthful ritual
Is tea with good and thoughtful friends.
My recusant but devoted soul
Is sweetly touched by
This uncommon,
But consecrated liturgy
Of placement, peers and tea.
  

Susan Patterson
Nov 2007


Author Comments:
 

I was hesitant to put this poem in this blog.  It seemed too sweet, too twee.  But upon a closer look, The Personal Liturgy of a Quiet Woman might be a sign of the times.  One has to look at certain words and phrases. 

This woman is used to going to church, but she is a recusant.  A recusant is someone who does not attend church, a non-conformist and in most religions, that would be considered a sin.  This woman uses her home as a place of stewardship and inspiration, not unlike how people use a church.  Then there is the liturgy.  A liturgy is a worship, ritual, or custom.  It is a religious way of doing things.  She believes her liturgy is consecrated.  For her, the household putterings are another way of going to church.  Like Emily Dickinson said, "Some keep the Sabbath going to church-- I keep it, staying at home."  Taken from poem number 236 by Emily Dickinson. 

I think that many in this society and culture are choosing to stay home, to keep close, to be recusant but in their own spiritual way.  We are tired of the wars, weary of politics, and over whelmed with information.  Personal liturgies may be signs of the times.  skp  


 

~ Susan Patterson, EarleneGrey.com

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SUSAN PATTERSON who on occasion writes under the name of Earlene Grey, is the author of two books of tea poetry, Musings With a Cuppa-The Poetry of Tea and Heart to Heart-Considered Sentiments for Teatime.  She has also published a book of memoirs, Tom and Irma-Chronicles of the 1950’s.  Her latest book, Unnoticed Moments, is a collection of contemporary poetry.  Ms. Patterson posts a weekly poetry blog, The Causerie, and is a weekly guest on an international podcast from England. Her work is humorous, thoughtfully intelligent and compelling. Please visit, www.EarleneGrey.com to schedule appearances and to purchase books.

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