125th Anniversary Poetry
All submissions were judged anonymously.
Judges: President’s office: Molly Adams-Dodd
Communications: Lucia Raatma
Department of English, Fine Arts & Humanities: Dr. Kurt
Sandhill Review, Sandhill Writers Retreat: Gianna Russo
Janet Franks (University Campus)
Saint Leo’s Blessings
Amid the fields of green rolling hills,
Citrus groves, majestic oaks and palms,
A golden light reflects off Clear Lake:
The Holy Vision of 1889.
Behold, the seeds of a better world,
Planted in fall,
Enlightened with wisdom,
Immersed in the wellspring of knowledge.
A community of respect, integrity and excellence
Develops them into responsible stewards.
Each spring gathers a bountiful harvest,
As the fruits of our labor branch outward,
Sowing anew seeds of faith
And social justice
Throughout the Earth.
Sally Sharkey (COL)
125 Years of
A deeply rooted belief system, 1500
years of Benedictine tradition, Serving past, present and future,
and providing spiritual expedition. Fostering leadership, moral
depth, and care for all Creation, Character is built through
thoughtful and mutual deliberation.
Learning communities that build upon
timeless Christian themes, Made to challenge, develop, learn,
improve and forge lifelong teams. Individuals are encouraged to
discover in each other what is unique, Fair and honest in word and
deed is among what we all seek.
Growth of mind, body and unifying
spirit is for what Saint Leo strives, Embedded core values that we
embrace, give meaning and shape our lives. Community, respect for
all, and stewardship are priorities our hearts do reach, And
forever integrity, excellence and personal goals are steeped in
what we teach.
Serving so many, and a devotion to
the Catholic faith and learning, Building better lives,
communities, and for more knowledge, a true yearning Students are
first, and Saint Leo is committed system wide, Always reflecting
and sharing to improve within and outside.
Values, dedication, hard work and a
community that hears, Saint Leo has been making a difference for
over 125 years. The mission will always carry on with academic
standards held high, Supported by the faith, devotion and the
values upon which we rely.
Carol Ann Moon (University campus)
Monk with a Mamiya
Japanese camera captured
Bread-baking Benedictines singing,
Class-bound clergy waving,
Clean-cut Catholic co-eds posing,
Peach-fuzz peaceniks winking in VW
Puny baby lions mewling,
Music professor’s dimpled children dreaming,
All in the sand – lots of sand,
Leotarded theater players jumping, and
Huge campus billboards hawking in sunshine and in shade!
Abbey Brother’s wide aperture gathered
Baseball uniforms smiling,
Canopied Easter processions steaming on gravel roads,
Glistening spiders webbing,
Grace-filled grottos kneeling,
Three-speed Raleighs whizzing, and
Young palm trees gleaming in sunshine and in shade.
Publicist Bernard’s images not Paul’s chronicled
Daring divers coming up for air off of Jovita’s dock,
Shimmering sailboats hovering in the clear deep,
Flying nuns searching for best sellers in the library
Goggle-less scientist monks mixing acids and bases in
Melting miracle workers building wooden basement walls,
Endangered ballerinas leaping, and
Young fertile minds soaring in sunshine and in shade!
*A Mamiya is a professional camera made by a
Japanese company of the same name; the word is pronounced
mah - me - yah. I wish to thank Mr. Koichi Tasa,
University Archivist at the University of Miami, for the