Sunday, March 01, 2015

A Poem Draft

Second Week in Lent

"To know the goodness of God is the highest prayer of all."
-- JULIAN OF NORWICH


What lowly treasures do I bring,
like macaroni strung on string,
to Christ my Savior, God, and King:
good deeds like beads or bits of shell
to One who saves from death and hell!

Not though I plan and toil and fret
can I repay a tenth my debt,
or can return the good I've met;
all I can do is show I know
and scatter mercies as I go.

6 comments:

  1. Brigitte Darnay12:10 PM

    Thank you again for a lovely, simple poem that puts into perfect words what occurs to me often and not just during lent.

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  2. branemrys10:16 PM

    Thank you!

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  3. MrsDarwin7:56 AM

    Julian is carrying me through Lent this year. Or perhaps she'd rather me say that Jesus is carrying me through Lent through her. In any case, her words run through my mind all day long as a counterpoint to whatever trial I'm facing. Perhaps that's a sign of spiritual desperation, but I'm starting to think that spiritual growth and spiritual desperation are the same thing.

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  4. branemrys11:26 AM

    I've been re-reading her, but I've so much else going on that it's been sporadic. The knowledge of goodness quote, though, which I've always liked, really jumped out at me this time around.

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  5. MrsDarwin7:38 AM

    I don't have my book sitting next to me, but something that particularly struck me was when she was describing the drops of blood on Jesus's face, and she said something to the effect of, "The blood was like nothing but itself." This struck me as having implications for poetry in paradise, when the essential uniqueness of something is grasped so thoroughly that it cannot be compared to anything else.


    I just read the section where she talks about the great deed that God will do at the end of time, and about souls in heaven, and she says (again, paraphrasing) that the operation of mercy will be ended, because all will be made righteous. I'd never thought of mercy as being something temporal, or linked to the temporal, but I guess that's so. In heaven, there's no need for mercy, although the effects of God's mercy will endure forever. But maybe I'm still too bound up in time to fully grasp this point.

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  6. branemrys9:19 AM

    One that struck me last night was her comment that she was hopeful because she was united in love with fellow Christians, and it is on this unity that we all must depend.

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