Saturday, August 2, 2014

The gazelle

The gazelle

God's love for me (the teachings say)
is like the love of a father for his son.

But, also like the love
a lion has for the gazelle.

Timid, vulnerable, harmless, one day
the gazelle will become the lion -

after it has been chased down,
torn limb from limb and devoured.

The teachings advise the gazelle -
stop running; stop evading; stop postponing

the inevitable.  Turn and hurry
towards the dauntless pursuer,

towards those mighty, terrible jaws.
Unless you want to go on and on running -

fragile, quick, easily-spooked gazelle -
from your destined encounter with the king.

O child of God, you speak of love
as if you knew the meaning of the word.


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