The Index of Forbidden Books

One was written by a believer, 1632 –

Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems – 

really an argument between the Catholic Church

and Galileo, convicted of heresy for saying

that Earth is not the Universe’s center.


Galileo's trial

Galileo Galilei  pushes away the Bible at his trial for heresy by the Inquisition in Rome in 1633.  by Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino


Ash Wednesday

I do not hope to turn again

but conversion (convertere) is not always planned.

I had never meant to turn about

from the material world, but on this

day of penitence, I kneel and wonder.

Ash Wednesday

Photo: Ryan Wiedmaier – Flickr

It surprised me that this is actually the third Ash Wednesday poem I have written here. The first line of this poem repeats the first line of T.S. Eliot’s poem “Ash-Wednesday

The Weight of the Soul

is not very much. Perhaps 21 grams.

Yet, it weighs heavily upon many people.

Energy that we hold within that wants –

Release? To join other souls? An end?

Feeling the connection momentarily – joy; then sorrow.


Illustration to Robert Blair’s The Grave – Soul Hovering over the Body