"Address to the Lord" - John Berryman

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"Address to the Lord" - John Berryman

Post by Ann » 12 Mar 2016, 09:58

I'm not a student of anything, including poetry, but this really struck me. May I stand until death forever at attention. On the off chance that this describes anyone else here....

Address to the Lord

Master of beauty, craftsman of the snowflake,
Inimitable contriver,
endower of Earth so gorgeous & different from the boring moon,
thank you for such as it is my gift.

I have made up a morning prayer to you
containing with precision everything that most matters.
"According to Thy will" the thing begins.
It took me off & on two days. It does not aim at eloquence.

You have come to my rescue again & again
in my impassable, sometimes despairing years.
You have allowed my brilliant friends to destroy themselves
and I am still here, severely damaged, but functioning.

Unknowable, as I am unknown to my guinea pigs:
How can I 'love' you?
I only as far as gratitude & awe
confidently & absolutely go.

I have no idea whether we live again.
It doesn't seem likely
from either the scientific or the philosophical point of view
but certainly all things are possible to you,
And I believe as fixedly in the Resurrection-appearances to Peter


to Paul

as I believe I sit in this blue chair.
Only that may have been a special case
to establish their initiatory faith.

Whatever your end may be, accept my amazement.
May I stand until death forever at attention
for any your least instruction or enlightenment.
I even feel sure you will assist me again, Master of insight & beauty.
"Preachers err by trying to talk people into belief; better they reveal the radiance of their own discovery." - Joseph Campbell

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

"Therefore they said unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said unto them, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes...." - John 9:10-11

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