“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”
That’s what my Catholic friend told me they say to you on Ash Wednesday, when they wipe ashes in a cross on your forehead.
I cried at that. We have 40 days to celebrate a turning from sin and a turning to God, and I will celebrate with poetry. One time a friend gave up not eating oatmeal every day of Lent, which means that he had to eat oatmeal every day, a sort of nonfast. I laughed so hard at him for that.
So I guess that’s what I’m doing, too. Go on and laugh.
I won’t post every poem I read here, but I’ll post some on my tumblr. The first installment is T.S. Eliot’s “Ash Wednesday.” It’s long. It’s hard to follow. It’s gorgeous. I love Eliot’s resolve, and I love how he doesn’t need to know everything. God saves, and nothing else, especially man’s tiny desire.