Friday, February 24, 2012

When the Holy Thaws

Certain images in this poem are really moving. It creates such a beautiful picture of God. It's so easy to forget the love and especially the compassion that God has for us in our weakness. The poem is supposedly written by Saint Teresa of Avila, but I have my doubts that she actually wrote this. I can't find the original anywhere. Some of the lines may seem a bit odd, but take from it what you will.


A woman's body, like the earth, has seasons;
when the mountain stream flows,
when the holy
thaws,

when I am most fragile and in need,
it was then, it seemed,
God came
closest.

God, like a medic on a field, is tending our souls.
Our horns get locked with desires, but don't hold yourself
too accountable; for all desires are
really innocent. That is what
the compassion in His
eyes tell me.

Why this great war between the countries -- the countries --
inside of us?

What are all these insane borders we protect?
What are all these different names for the same church of love
we kneel in together? For it is true, together we live; and only
at that shrine where all are welcome will God sing
loud enough to be heard.

Our horns got locked with the earth and sky in some odd
marriage ritual; so what, don't worry. We should be proud of
ourselves for everything we helped create in this
magic world.

And God is always there, if you feel wounded. He kneels
over this earth like
a divine medic,

and His love thaws
the holy in us.

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