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About Donna Sue Berry

Donna Sue Berry is a passionate writer and poet, wife, mother of two, and grandmother of nine, from the American Heartland of central Oklahoma. She and her husband Joel share their time between Oklahoma and Montana. Her early writing began with romantic poetry during junior high school years; but, not until returning to school at age 48 did her poetry deepen to truly express her great love for her Catholic faith. Proud of her rich Oklahoma heritage and ancestors who made the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run, her current book project is "Catholic Poems from the Heart of a Red Dirt Oklahoma Girl." Her website is donnasueberry.com.

Veronica’s Veil

April 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Holy Week, Lent, Poetry

Veronica's Veil Veronica could not compete with the roaring, raucous mob, Though no one heard her plea to move, she pushed with one last sob. Compassion and persistence had begged her try again, And just that quick she found herself before the Man condemned. It's then He fell beneath the cross that forced Him to the ground, Which ripped His skin and tore His face; head pierced by thorny crown. Blood... Read More

Rosary on the Headboard — Poetry from Donna Sue Berry

October 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry, Prayer, Rosary

Rosary on the Headboard I stumbled through my daily grind Right up until midnight, Then fell in bed without my prayers; I knew it wasn’t right. So tired I was, almost asleep, But thoughts kept waking me, To rise and pray a rosary Upon my bended knees. But my rosary beads were knotted Around my headboard rail, And tired attempts to pull them down Ended to no avail. Our Lady knows how tired I am, Was... Read More

Questions to Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows)

September 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Memorial, Poetry

QUESTIONS TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS Questions to Our Lady of Sorrows While you stood there in the chaos, Could you see past all the pain, Past the sword that ripped your own soul To your son's triumphant reign? Did the sands there of Golgotha Scratch lines onto your face, Mixing with the blood of Jesus, Dearest lady full of grace? While you stood beneath his shadow As he hung there on the cross, Could... Read More

Sweetest Heart of Jesus

February 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry

THE SWEETEST HEART OF JESUS From the corner of my church pew, Sometimes I feel alone, When I see the happy couples, In love when I’m alone. + I hide behind my lacy veil, And duck my head to pray, ‘Please, Jesus, be my Valentine This sweetheart’s special day.’ + I look up past the altar rails, And see the Sacred Heart, His eyes full of affection and My tears begin to start. + His Mother stands... Read More

Thank You God for Jesus

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Donna Sue Berry, Poetry

I truly now can say to you, as Christmas drifts away, This was an Advent to remember and a special Christmas day. Our families all had fasted and petitioned God for grace, With what a joy to see at Mass the peace on each ones face! With four weeks of preparation, and sacrifices made, We came to place our gifts of straw where Jesus would be laid. Each piece of hay an offering, a penitence of love; It... Read More

Homeless: I Could Be You

December 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry

I drove right through the changing light Horns blowing as I went. I had to make just one more store, Before the day was spent. . I swerved in time to miss a man Who held a cardboard sign. A homeless man, who'd work for food, Thank God, I'd braked in time. . I parked my ride and looked around, Then groaned at what I saw. A sea of cars parked everywhere. The world was at the mall! . Oh Lord, I thought,... Read More

Our Souls, They are Not Dead

November 2, 2013 by  
Filed under All Souls, Donna Sue Berry, Poetry, Prayer

OUR SOULS, THEY ARE NOT DEAD In silence late one evening, I found myself alone Enjoying for the moment some peacefulness at home. A steamy cup of coffee with a shot of Irish cream Had lulled me into comfort when I drifted off to dream. The mistiness around me draped my shoulders like a shawl While voices so familiar seemed to beckon with a call. “Pray for us, please pray for us, and offer up your... Read More

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary: The Little Catholic Shrine

October 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Mary, Prayer

THE LITTLE CATHOLIC SHRINE   I sought shelter in the little shrine, inside from falling rain. Away from all my crosses and away from all my pain. October’s angry storm outside no way compared to mine, As I knelt within the shadows of The Little Catholic Shrine. I could smell the burning incense left from the morning Mass, While I watched the candles melting on their candlesticks of brass. With... Read More

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