sept 29 – Denise Levertov “no effort earns that all-surrounding grace”

     September 29  “so would I learn to attain
          freefall . . . ”

This Friday begins the university homecoming weekend,  races and games, alums meeting across generations;  September ends with storytelling and singing, with good food and drink.   Most of all, perhaps, with sacred playful  remembering.

This deceptively simple poem teaches me again, as Levertov often does, that simple language can open my soul.

Blessings on these two days.

john sj


The Avowal

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.

Denise Levertov
b. October 1923  d. December 1997




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