catholic poetry room

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Laura Reece Hogan.                                                                                                             

Sunrise after the Storm

Dark sky shatters, in shards at last
Your sudden brilliance pierces,
Scatters blackness and broken thought,
Sets the spectral horizon ablaze.

Your luminous kisses brush
Leaden bruised cheeks, so hurt
Touching, lighting afire –
Sparking slivers of blue promise.

You have come for me after all
And given me this,
In airy paper and nimbus ribbon –
Unmistakable hope.

Laura Reece Hogan is the author of the poetry chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press, 2017), and I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock, 2017), which explores the spirituality of Paul the Apostle. Both books received 2018 Catholic Press Association Book Awards. Laura’s poems can be found in or are forthcoming in America, The Christian Century, The Cresset, Anglican Theological Review, The Windhover, Penwood Review, PILGRIM: A Journal of Catholic Experience and other publications. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. 

Sunrise after the Storm first appeared in Faith, Hope and Fiction.

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