Round Up

Most Read on The Dewdrop: What We Loved in 2022

Thank You

As the editor of The Dewdrop, this has been a challenging year for me as I have tried to balance working on the site with my own professional and spiritual formation training as a hospital Chaplain. I’m grateful to readers and contributors for their patience with my reduced capabilities and am especially grateful to my two fellow editors Nicholas Trandahl and Ellis Elliott who have continued to give their time and energy to this project throughout the year.

It makes me so happy to see The Dewdrop’s community continue to grow, as I receive a stream of feedback from readers who tell me what a useful and meaningful resource this platform is in their lives. As I peruse this list of the most read posts of this year, I am reminded of the themes that stand out, that have most resonated with me and with our community of readers: the process of clearing and letting go, according to E.E. Cummings and May Sarton; the nourishing power of darkness as explored by Deborah Eden Tull and Wendell Berry; John O’Donohue, Jack Gilbert and Derek Walcott on relationships and love; awe and wonder at the power of nature in the work of W.S. Merwin, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Wordsworth and Leslie Ryan; the mystery of the spiritual journey according to Billy Collins, Spence Pfleiderer, Rooja Mohassessy and Christian Lillo; and Joann Stevelos, Tallu Schuyler and Samantha Imperi on living with pain, anger and loss.

I wish you wonderful things for the year ahead, and that your journey may continue to expand your horizons.

Deep bows,

Wendell Berry – To Know The Dark

Berry’s poem is a reminder that to truly know darkness and its divine power, we need the courage to step into and leave the light behind.

W.S. Merwin – Rain Light

Lifelong environmentalist W.S. Merwin said about his poem, Rain Light, ‘this is not a rational poem at all.’

Ursula K. Le Guin – Kinship

The mystical teachings of trees are beautifully expressed in Ursula K. Le Guin’s poem, Kinship, in which she explores our own primal origins.


BY JOANN STEVELOS – What happens when an abandoned child grows up and one day buries her estranged father

Leslie Ryan – Taking Refuge

An appropriate poem for these cold dark winter days, Leslie Ryan has written lines frozen with ferocious and gorgeous imagery and sparseness–like a rime-coated mountain.

Spence Pfleiderer – A Simple Morning Prayer

The aptly-named A Simple Morning Prayer pleads for understanding and love, for connection and illumination in a handful of terse lines. This piece is evidence that a poem need not be complex or long-winded to be a thing of authentic beauty and power.

Why I Write: Christian Dillo

Christian Dillo on a contemporary Zen approach to awakening and what meaningful transformation actually looks like.

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