POETRY IS LIKE TAKING A DEEP BREATH

Saturday, 7 April 2012

A CHORUS


Elizabeth Jennings




Over the surging tides and the mountain kingdoms,
Over the pastoral valleys and the meadows,
Over the cities with their factory darkness,
Over the lands where peace is still a power,
Over all these and all this planet carries
A power broods, invisible monarch, a stranger
To some, but by many trusted. Man's a believer
Until corrupted. This huge trusted power
Is spirit. He moves in the muscle of the world,
In continual creation. He burns the tides, he shines
From the matchless skies. He is the day's surrender.
Recognize him in the eye of the angry tiger,
In the sign of a child stepping at last into sleep,
In whatever touches, graces and confesses,
In hopes fulfilled or forgotten, in promises

Kept, in the resignation of old men -
This spirit, this power, this holder together of space
Is about, is aware, is working in your breathing.
But most he is the need that shows in hunger
And in the tears shed in the lonely fastness.
And in sorrow after anger. 



Elizabeth Jennings
1926-2001






5 comments:

  1. This so lovely!!! I need to get a copy of her work!!!!

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  2. I want that land, where Peace is still a power. ~Mary

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  3. I'm not a believer, but Jennings makes the case for it in this brilliant poem. "He moves in the muscle of the world," line after line of extraordinary power.

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  5. I loved this poem. Excellent weave of the words. Thanks for sharing this.

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