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6. Mark 1:11-12

40 Poems in 40 Days

6. Mark 1:11-12

“You are my Beloved . . .

And the Spirit drove him out.”


into the wilderness

Is where you’re heading

For a time and a season

At least, whether you want

It or not, and you don’t

Want it.


Nothing says the Beloved did either. We

Have parties after our baptisms

Generally. He had a 40-day ordeal

Juggling wilderbeasts on 4 sides

And the evil one on the 5th.

And yet

He came out strong, Mark

Doesn’t say how, but

It must have something to do

With being Beloved,



So go into the emptiness

With courage embracing your

Fear for you are too,


That is.


A native of the North Shore of Boston, I currently live on Long Island, New York. I worked at Boston College as the Acting Director of The Church in the 21st Century Center until August, 2010 and served until November 2016 as Canon for Formation, and Dean of the George Mercer Jr. School of Theology of the Diocese of Long Island. I am now Rector at the Church of Saint Anselm of Canterbury in Shoreham, New York.

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