Friday, August 26, 2005

Poem Drafts

Peniel

at some   d  i  s  t  a  n  t   Peniel face to face
 dimmed by shadows to our present sight
we perhaps shall come to see
after dark and muttered wrestlings
 the riddle faith has heard
  our syntax and letters reordering
with the WORD's splendor's shining
to lay bare the Enigma of Ages

A Bit of Revolt

Who shall say choirs did not sing
when Thomas overtopped a king,
or that Julian's visions do not prove
the power of the Cross to move?
Or yet that blessed Steno's sight
was not sparked by glory's light,
or that there was no work divine
in the vivid vision of the sign
that moved an Empire to believe?
But some will say they are deceived,
that all the patient, pious crowds
are seeing shapes in moving clouds,
and that went forth a hysteric girl
from Avila to save the world,
or a schizophrenic to inspire
all of France to one desire,
and boasting their love of evidence
mock the one good inference.

Triratna

Three are the Jewels that shine in my Crown;
First is the Word leaping from Heaven,
Doctrine is first, the Sword of two edges;
He who has seen it discovers all things!
One is the Crown that shines full of stars:
The Anointed of God is the Doctrine of Heaven.

Three are the Jewels that shine in my Crown;
Next is the Teacher teaching new ways,
Enlightening all men who enter the world,
Showing salvation to children of men!
One is the Crown that shines full of stars:
The Anointed of God is the true Son of Man.

Three are the Jewels that shine in my Crown;
Third is the Church, in labor for all,
The Body that prays with the Spirit Most Holy,
The Temple, the Truth, the Life, and the Way!
One is the Crown that shines full of stars:
The Anointed of God is the Communion of Heaven.

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