Friday, December 07, 2012

A birthplace shown to us by Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov compiled a small book of poetry gleaned from several of her numerous volumes of poetry. This small book The Stream & the Sapphire is a series of poems of faith and doubt, a record of Levertov's journey from agnosticism to one of faith. I highly recommend it for those who seek the contemplative in a modern context.

As we continue on our way toward Bethlehem, I offer a selection from this work to accompany us along the way...

" 'The Holy One, blessed be he, wanders again, ' said Jacob, 'He is wandering and looks for a place where he can rest.' "

Between the pages
a wren's feather
to mark what passage?
Blood, not dry,
beaded scarlet on dusty stones.
A look of wonder
barely perceived on a turning face --
what, who had they seen?
Here's the cold inn,
the wanderer passed it by
searching once more
for a stable's warmth,
a birthplace.

Images, words, wonders. We ponder them in our hearts

as Mary pondered all that the Angel had revealed to her...
the majesty mysterium.



gartenfische said...

Oh I love this little book! (And it IS little, so it can be easily carried in a purse.)

Thank you for this poem!

Diane said...

I need to get ahold of this book as well. Anything that can be carried in a purse...

Jan said...

Thank you for telling me about that little book of poetry. I hadn't seen it before. It is a treasure.