Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday blogs here.
Last week’s poem, Movies, by Billy Collins, was in honor of all the movies I seem to be watching now that the weather’s changing. Additionally, I’m closing in on the deadline of my next book, and evenings with Netflix are a great way to put one story aside and relax with another.
Today’s poem, The Uninvited, by Lawrence Raab, references a movie by the same name from 1944 starring Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey. I was immediately drawn to the poem since the Jewish high holy days, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are always a poignant reminder that forgiving and letting go of mistakes and failures–mine and others–is vital to my spiritual growth. The poem explores this and seems to ask if we’ve outgrown the need for messages that simple and precise.
On October 30th at 10:15 AM, Turner Classic Movie channel will show The Uninvited. I’ve set my DVR to record it. Let me know if you watch it, too. Do you need convincing? For fun, here’s the original trailer.