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Sing Hildegard, Sing Mechthild, a poem by Norbert Krapf


Sing Hildegard, sing Mechthild

Sing Hildegard, sing Mechthild,
sing Julian, bring Isaiah and Jeremiah
along for the holy prayer gathering
in the forest. May all birds sing
and most of us listen and respond.
Open ears and eyes. The false prophets
tweet ugly, vindictive, soulless song.
Sing together our soul-saving song.
Turn our eyes away from ugly greed.
Sweet soul song, save us in our need.

Former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf''s most recent of fourteen collections are Indiana Hill Country Poems (2019) and Southwest by Midwest (2020), both from Dos Madres Press. Next year his Homecomings: A Writer's Memoir, will appear.