Saturday, October 19, 2013

And the Word was God

And the Word was God

Small word -- god.  Like a grunt,
a groan breaking from our throats, pinned beneath our tongues.

Capitalized, modified by the pious -- 
Used profanely by sinners.

Forgive us, God, this small begrudged word
wedged into our vocabulary as an afterthought.

Words of worldliness -- pleasure, flesh, riches,
savored by our mouths -- luxury, lavish; sexuality,

sumptuousness, triumph, lasciviousness ....
O pilgrim, take god -- that hard nugget of a word

and nurture it in your core
until it breaks you open,

breaks your world apart,
until a tree from its seed grows,

stretches, brushes leaves and branches
against the farthermost ends

of your thoughts, depths, faith,
experience and imagination.

O child of God, in the beginning was the Word ...
and the Word was God.

                           (Unpublished)

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