Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

[Lent: day 18/40]

Three Prayers
-Kevin Hart

Master of energy and silence
    Embracer of contradictions
Who withdraws behind death
    Like horizons we never touch
Who can be One and Many
    Like light refracting through glass,

Stepping in and out of logic
    Like a child unsure of the sea
In and out of time
    Like an old man dozing, waking,
In and out of history
    Like a needle through cloth,

Who we chase and bother with theories
    Who hides in equations and wind
Who is constant as the speed of light
    Who stretches over the Empty Place
Who hangs the Earth upon Nothing
    Who strikes like lightning.


Master of Light, my God,
Before whom stars tremble
And fall into themselves,

Who glows within each thing
Beyond reach of language
And deeper than silence,

Who passes through the Dark
That draws us towards death
And makes it one with you,

Whose Light is everywhere
Wherein I stand and see
My shadow disappear.


You do not speak to me of death.
You do not pester me, like some.

Far too busy with the universe,
Sometimes not busy enough,

Searching out your softer parts,
Trying to squeeze yourself in:

Showing off your famous night sky
Like a child with a new drawing,

Forever posing impossible problems
We try to solve like crosswords:

So when I wake and see the ceiling
Mottled like an old man's skin

I think of you,
When I imagine the grinning dead

I think of you,
And also when, at night,

I sometimes wake to find
A hand slowly stroking my thigh.
from Place of Passage: Contemporary Catholic Poetry ed. David Craig and Janet McCann (Ashland, OR: Story Line Press, 2000) p. 57-8
Tags: lent: 2006: daily poetry, poetry: lent: 2006

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