Monday, August 3, 2020

Maura Eichner*

Maura Eichner (1915—2009) is a Catholic nun, and the author of ten poetry collections including Hope Is A Blind Bard (1989) and After Silence: Selected Poems of Sister Maura Eichner S.S.N.D. (2011). She was Chair of the English Department at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University), teaching English there for 49 years. Through the years she maintained a correspondence with several significant writers, including, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, and Richard Wilbur. 
One tribute to her life concluded, “As a teacher and as a poet, Sister Maura was a believer. She believed in beauty ― in art, in nature, in music, in painting, in language. Sister Maura believed in life, and she believed in people. Above all, she believed simply and deeply in a God who believed in beauty, and in life, and in people. In one of her later notebooks, Sister Maura wrote 'One writes poetry in order to find God.' One may well read Sister Maura's poetry for the same reason."
Mother Theresa: Her Blessing 

May the God of peace be with you – 
calms the heart that hammers fear 
Her prayers for us. The hope she knew. 

She is our prophet of fidelity, true 
to the triune single voice: now, here. 
May the peace of God be with you. 

 She spoke rarely of the Thabor-glory view. 
Her creed was everyday: The Lord near. 
Vision for us. A love she knew. 
She lives in her letters: light breaks through 
the script: be one in heart. My dear ones, hear: 
May the God of peace be with you. 
Breaking bread to share, she, too, 
learned the miracle of loaves, her clear, 
testament to us. The faith she knew. 

Mother Theresa, serenely magnetized to 
the will of God, still speak your dear 
words: The God of peace be with you. 
Your prayer for us. The love you knew. 

*This is the second Kingdom Poets post about Maura Eichner: first post.

Entry written by D.S. Martin. His latest poetry collection is Ampersand (2018, Cascade). His books are available through Amazon, and Wipf & Stock, including the anthologies The Turning Aside, and Adam, Eve, & the Riders of the Apocalypse.