06
Dec
10

How Awesomely Contained


                  "But will God indeed dwell on the earth?
                  behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens
                  cannot contain thee; how much less
                  this house that I have builded?"
                              —I Kings 8:27
      
      
      In a baby child lives everything I've gained
      worth living for when nothing else remained
      unblemished. What thing had I not reviled?
      What thing had I not willingly defiled?
      Yet innocence purged every word I'd stained.
      
      It doesn't make much sense. If I explained
      it my way, any wisdom would be feigned.
      Of all the possibilities, a child,
                                    in a baby child!
      
      Why would energy so unrestrained
      become so weak?  Be so inexorably chained
      to space and time? From nonpareil exiled
      to normal? What imagination wild
      enough would have so vast a love contained
                                    in a baby child?

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3 Responses to “How Awesomely Contained”


  1. 2010.12.06 at 4:49 am

    It is interesting to me that ‘innocence” is represented by a child…and as time passes the child learns of the world and isnnocences is lost…just a totally random thought brought about by your fine poem.

  2. 2 sarachnid
    2010.12.06 at 4:54 am

    another outtake from the pages of my moleskines – this one from scribblings with numerous cross-outs & even after editing to get it here, i’m not completely happy with it – but such as it is, this in response to prompt: “containment”

  3. 2010.12.06 at 10:32 am

    Your wonder at the creative act of love is awesomely contained in the words you’ve brought out here. Knowing it can be felt as you’ve felt it brought tears to me. Thank you.


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