About This Blog And Me

 “It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.”

— William Carlos Williams

Hi! I am Andrew King. I’m in my 60s, a “customer service worker” for a fast-food restaurant in Oakville, Ontario, but as my Twitter profile (@heartofdogness) says, “I am a fan of dogs, poetry, the Sunday lectionary, the daily news. . .” and to which I add: Maple Grove United Church, (a member congregation of The United Church of Canada). But poetry is currently my principal part-time passion, reading it and sometimes writing it. And sometimes even publishing it:

In 1999 I was fortunate enough to have a poem published in a journal (long since defunct) named The Queen Street Quarterly (Vol. 3, No. 2). I then fell away from writing poetry until fairly recently, but was fortunate again this past November (2013) to have a poem (“Sestina For Rana Plaza”) published as a winner in a poetry contest run by the Toronto Star. I have also had a poem published in the February, 2014 issue of the British Columbia literary magazine PRISM international (Vol. 52:2).

I do not send a lot of poems out to literary magazines — not even close — so this blog will be a place where I can share some of my passions and poetic efforts — as well as, very occasionally, links to other poetry that I like from around the web. My goal for the year is to post a poem a week about the Sunday Gospel lesson from the lectionary (the words from William Carlos Williams about poetry apply equally well to the Bible itself). I cannot claim that my poems will be of prize quality; I write primarily for spiritual self-nourishment. However, if someone else can derive even a small benefit from my work, then that will be an answer to prayer.

I hope you will visit me from time to time. May you enjoy what you find here.

63 thoughts on “About This Blog And Me

  1. Hi Andrew. Thanks for sharing your talents with the world. I like the poetry you write very much. You have a gift to share with the world. Thanks for using your reflections to teach others.

  2. Andrew, your poem is powerful! Thanks for sharing your passion. I have added your blog to my favorites and look forward to reading it often. I’m preaching on John 9 Sunday and want to share your poem with my congregation, with full credits, of course. I hope many of my people will join in following you. God bless you as you continue to inspire us to use our sanctified imagination to dwell richly in the Word!

  3. […] with something that I don’t do very often. I want to offer a poem. This one written by poet Andrew King called Love That Has No […]

  4. Michele Rowe says:

    Andrew: I really like your Easter poem. Might I quote it with appropriate citation in our church bulletin? Michele Rowe, Knox United Church, Langham, SK

    • Andy King says:

      Thank you for your comment! You may indeed quote my poem(s) with appropriate citation — thank you for asking — and I hope you will visit again.

  5. jessdoerrer says:

    Andrew, I would have thought your poem Now the Dawning was written by a pastor. It is beautiful. I wonder if I might use it in my Easter sermon.

  6. Alison says:

    Hello Andrew, I am a Church of Scotland minister serving a parish in the West of Scotland. I shared your poem, Thomas the Twin, last Sunday with my congregation and told them about you and your goal for the year of posting a lectionary-based poem each week. Many thanks for sharing your God-given gift with us all, and I wish you every blessing in this ministry of yours.

    • Andy King says:

      Many thanks for visiting. God bless you and your congregation and all my Scottish readers (and all my readers everywhere)!

      • Alison says:

        Hi Andy, I am now serving a different congregation, still in the West of Scotland, and tomorrow I am going to introduce those people to your wonderful and powerful poetry. Many blessings on your ministry, Alison

      • Andy King says:

        God bless you in your new congregation, and thank you so much for your appreciation of my poetry!

  7. Andrew, This is the first time I have discovered your blog. What a blessing! I just read your poem, “Pasture.” What an intimate relationship it describes with the “voice.” I am an Episcopal priest and would appreciate having your permission to share this poem with my congregation. I will give appropriate credit to you. Blessings, Ronnie

    • Andy King says:

      Permission granted! Thank you for visiting, and for your very encouraging words. Blessings to you and your congregation!

      • Alfredo Garcia says:

        Hi Andrew, I’d like to ask your permission if I could use your poems in our parish newsletter, I am a Rev. Alfredo Garcia, a catholic priest from New Zealand

  8. Vivian Moon says:

    Hi Andrew, thank you for sharing your special gifts with others. I would like to share your “Pasture” with my face book friends if it’s ok with you. I wasn’t sure if you are on face book…. Thank you so much . Peace. vivian

  9. Hi Andrew,
    What a blessing. Thank you for sharing the fruits of your practice this way. With your permission, I will use your poem for this week as the opening to my sermon on the Binding of Isaac, and will of course credit you and direct folks to your blog. Keep up the good work.
    Michael McSherry
    Senior Minister
    Edwards Church (UCC)
    Northampton, MA, USA

  10. Margot Newton says:

    I have really enjoyed reading your poetry. I will be reading your poem “Becoming Our |Calling” this Sunday as part of my service at Oasis United Church in Penticton, B.C. Several members of our fantastic congregation act as pulpit supply when our minister is away. I am always pleased and excited to find such lovely words as yours to help in worship planning! Thanks very much:)

    • Andy King says:

      Thank you for your words, and for reading my poems. God bless your worship and all members of Oasis United Church!

  11. Tammy says:

    Hi Andrew, Such a gift, your poetry is. Thanks for sharing. A little late notice, but I found The Ten Words while preparing for worship for tomorrow, and hope it is alright that I share it with the congregations I service, as part of my reflection – with of course credit to you. It captures the essence of what I am focusing on tomorrow, so very well. I serve Olds and Sundre United Churches, in Alberta. With thanks and blessings, Tammy Allan

    • Andy King says:

      I am honoured by your reading and enjoying my poems, and even more honoured by your request. Please use my poem any way that you feel is helpful (and I do appreciate the credit). God bless you and your congregations!

  12. Andrew- I just want to say how much I love your poetry. I regularly include as an opening or closing to my sermon, your poem of the
    lectionary reading for the week, always with credit given to you of course. I just really appreciate the art and beauty of your work, thank you so much for sharing your gift!

  13. Rachael says:

    Andy, thank you for posting Sonnet of the Star and Ship. May I quote this poem for my sermon this Sunday? It reminds me some of Frost’s Choose Something Like a Star. I serve at Charter House, Mayo Clinic, and I am a Lutheran pastor ordained 33 years ago.
    Peace to you–

  14. revjeff says:

    A remarkable and wonderful idea – thanks for sharing it with the web. Peace – from Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

  15. Bart says:

    Thank you for the poem “I Was Afraid”. I would like to use a portion of it in this week’s sermon … giving you full credit and acknowledgement, of course.

  16. Susan Davidson says:

    Thank you for these very insightful words. Based on this fine poem, I will look up others by you. I’m an Episcopal priest and – with your permission – I’d like to read this in my sermon tomorrow, giving you credit, of course!

  17. Rev. Eric Lynk, Winsloe United, PEI says:

    I have just today discovered your blog. Your poem “The One Whose Heart is Searching” is beautifully crafted and is the exact ending for which I have been searching for this Sunday’s sermon meditation. I see above that you have granted permission for its use and hope that permission may again be granted. Thank you.

    • Andy King says:

      Thank you for discovering my blog! I am very happy that you have enjoyed my poem. Please use it any way that you feel will be helpful. Blessings to you and your congregation!

  18. Don Welch says:

    “Mending Their Nets” My grandfather was a preacher, and he knew how to make fishing nets. Don’t know why or how he learned. He lived far away and died while I was young, so I was never able to ask him. Your image of the fisherman mending their nets and using it as a metaphor for what Jesus calls us to brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.

  19. ROY BRIGHT says:

    Thank you Andrew. Your words again caused me to stop and think about lectionary readings that I had almost discarded as irrelevant to my faith journey.

  20. phylliszoon says:

    Thank you SO much for “And he was with the wild beasts,” which opened my eyes in a new way to the connections between the Noah story and Jesus’ experience in the wilderness.

    You are a great example of how much talent we have been blessed with!

  21. JoAnn Leach says:

    Thank you for this poem [“Hands Of The Passion”]. I have included it in my sermon at Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church in Las Vegas, giving you full credit if you so permit. I will read it before the Passion so our congregation can more fully into the Passion using the “hands.” You are graced with words. JoAnn

  22. The Rev. Veronica Chappell says:

    Andy,
    I am just loving your work, and sharing your poetry with my congregation. Many, many thanks!
    Veronica

  23. John says:

    Hi Andrew. I’d like to ask if I can have permission to use your poem “Into the River” during our worship. It will be read silently as a prayer encouraging them not to look at the river but what is beyond. Thanks for your talents. Rev. John Paeng
    knoxgalt.org

  24. […] PENTECOST FIRE (Acts 2:1-21) by Andrew King […]

  25. Bobbie Henley says:

    Thanks for your beautiful poem “Face of God.” I’ll be using it for a sermon this week on John 14:1-14.

  26. Ailsa says:

    Hi Andy. I “discovered” your blog and your poetry today. You have a beautiful gift. Your poems are a visual art in that you take us on a reflection with a clarity that paints a picture. Thank you for your gift. I would like to use your poem, “The Questioning” as part of a reflection for Evensong in our Cathedral, in Taranaki, New Zealand. Acknowledging your gift and your blog. Thank you again. I hope that you keep writing and sharing. You are very generous in this your offering to us all.

    • Andy King says:

      Thank you for your wonderfully encouraging, uplifting words. I am so glad you discovered my blog! Please feel free to use my poem(s) any way that seems good. Blessings to you and your congregation in Taranaki, NZ!

  27. Katherine says:

    Andrew, I just discovered your blog. Oddly, your poem for this week has the same title as my sermon. And since you seem to have given permission, I will be using it as the conclusion to my sermon. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us.

  28. (The Rev Canon) David H Long says:

    Hi Andrew
    Found your amazing poem Love That Has No limits. I hope to use it, with your permission when I preach on All Souls/Remembrance Sunday at St. James Anglican Church in Dundas Ontario this Sunday.

  29. mgorman914 says:

    Hi Andrew,
    Our pastor used your poem, River of Grace, today in his homily. Beautiful! Thanks so much. I am delighted to have found you!

  30. Renee Fenner says:

    I came across your poem, “The Jars Stand Empty” and it is stunning. I would like to include it in my sermon on Sunday. God’s continued blessings to you!

    • Andy King says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. Today I really needed the lift this gave me. May God continue to bless you too!

  31. Rev Janie French says:

    This morning I happened across your blog and read Lord, be the one who reads to us…
    May I use this in my Australian church (with appropriate credit of course)?

  32. Peter says:

    Thank you for your poems which I frequently turn to. I hope you might allow me to reproduce for our congregation your one on the Passion from 2014 as now we approach this season of Easter. I will fully cite your details.

  33. […] The Pentecost resources table in the Hall had on it the following poem by Andrew King. […]

  34. Dianne Crewe says:

    Thank you, Andrew for sharing your talent with us.
    I love your poem for this Sunday, I AM LEGION. I would like your permission to read it tomorrow during my services. Thank you.
    Dianne

  35. Andy King says:

    Permission granted! Thanks so much for your visit, and your comment.

  36. Thank you for this poem, would it be possible to use it in my 2 congregations on Sunday please, obviously with appropriate credit.

    • Michael E. Moynahan, SJ says:

      Andrew, As someone who “breaks open the Word” for my faith community each week, I find your poems insightful and inspiring. I look forward to more lectionary poems from you in the weeks and months to come. –Michael E. Moynahan, SJ

  37. Andrew, As someone who “breaks open the Word” for my faith community each week, I find you lectionary-based poems insightful and inspiring. May you continue to post these poetic lectionary reflections for many many moons. Gratefully, Michael E. Moynahan, SJ

  38. Patti Rodgers says:

    Hello Andrew. I serve a two-point United Church pastoral charge just north of Toronto. I stumbled across your blog quite by accident and shared “At An Unexpected Hour” with our faith discussion group. The discussion around the table was rich and deep. As such, I am writing to ask permission to use your poetry as a starting point for reflection during our weekly mediative service entitled “Deep: A Guided Exploration of Self and Soul”, of course, with proper credit given for your fine work. Please say yes – my co-facilitator and I are excited by the possibilities your vision has raised before us!

  39. Carol Kennedy says:

    Andy, do not ever stop writing your poetry; it is beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing and making it available to the rest of the world!
    Your friend from Maple Grove.

  40. Andrew, would you grant me permission to use your poem in my sermon for this Wednesday–St. Thomas?

  41. […] Christmas Eve, let’s make these words of poet Andrew King our […]

    • judykbrandon says:

      Andrew,
      Thanks for sharing your poetic gift of insight. I come to your page most weeks as I plan to bring a word to my congregations. You are always a source of inspiration, bearing the truth of the text in cadence and verse. I have shared your words from time to time, enriching sermon and conversation on themes of faith. With much gratitude…

  42. Royall Yount says:

    Andrew, thank you for “The Disciple Ship” !. I found your blog by accident and consider it a gift! Would like to use the poem mentioned this Sunday in my sermon (with proper credit) and printed in our bulletin so that the “disciples” can take it with them. What requirements might you have for gaining permission to do this? I noted above that you have done this in other instances. Again, most grateful for your marvelous art!

  43. Rev. Heather Power says:

    Hi Andrew, you kindly let me use your poem, Escaping From the Boxes in the past, and I would like to do so again. I will include the copyright with your name as used previously. I do hope that this is okay. My contact information is below should you need to touch base. Thank you for your wonderful gifts. I really appreciate your blog!

  44. Hi Andrew, I have just found your website and your wonderful poem “The Story of Palm Sunday” and would like to ask your permission to use some of the verses in our church bulletin at Gladstone Baptist Church, Queensland, Australia.

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