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Sunday Poetry

Many thanks to Sybil Archibald, the sumptuously gifted artist known as “Painter of Blue” on Twitter, for sharing this the other day. Obviously, she is also a discerning connoisseur of poetry.

Intimate Hymn
from Human, God’s Ineffable Name, by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,
translated by Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi

From word to word I roam, from dawn to dusk.
Dream in, dream out — I pass myself and towns,

A human satellite.

I wait, am hopeful, as one who waits at the rock
For the spring to well forth and ever well on.

I feel as bright as if I tented somewhere in the Milky Way.

To urge the world to feel I walk through lonesome solitudes.

All around me lightning explodes sparks from my glance
To reveal all light, unveil faces everywhere.

Godward, onward to the final weighing

overcoming heavy weight with thirst.

Constantly, the longings of all born call out, “Is anyone around?”

I know each one is HE, but in my heart there writhes a tear;

When of men and rocks and trees I hear;

All plead “Feel us”

All beg “See us”

God! Lend me your eyes!

I came to be, to sow the seed of sight in the world,
To unmask the God who disguised Himself as world–

And yes, I wait to be the first to announce “The Dawn.”

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  • March 16, 2009, 1:56 pm Painter of Blue

    Thanks for the shout out! I’ve been enjoying your blog a lot. I’m just learning about tarot your posts are very interesting.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:45 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Oh, thank YOU! I love your work and your vision!
    – Beth

  • March 18, 2009, 11:28 am Manda

    This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Thank you for sharing it!