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Jessica Powers

  • I would have wed a pirate chief, / had I lived long and long ago, / and made my home a ship that rides / wherever winds can blow. / I would have made me daring songs / to fling against the sweeping gale — / gay songs of strange and plundered shores, / with notes like silver hail. / But years have made their jest of me. / Now I can only walk and sing / a song about a broken heart ... / or any foolish thing.

    • Jessica Powers,
    • "Had I Lived Long Ago," The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers ()
  • Hail to the morning! Come down to me my beautiful unknown.

    • Jessica Powers
  • So I, with eager voice and news-flushed face, / cry to those caught in comas, stupors, sleeping: / come, everything is running, / flying, / leaping, / hurtling through time! / And we are in this race.

    • Jessica Powers,
    • "Everything Rushes," in Marcianne Kappes, Track of the Mystic: The Spirituality of Jessica Powers ()

Jessica Powers, U.S. poet, Carmelite nun

(1905 - 1988)