Sunday Poetry: How the Pieces Fit Together

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. 

In honor of the high holy days, I posted a video on my Facebook page that my husband (a Unitarian-Universalist minister) did on forgiveness.  Then I found this poem.  It was meant to be.

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.


  1. Liz on October 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Am passing along to a friend who just told me about a movie, the name of which she couldn’t remember 24 hours after seeing, and wondered why she wasted 2 hours. The answer: so she would enjoy your post properly.

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