Elizabeth Poreba April 23, 2012 - 10:46am
God’s Presence in Your Life?
Who? Whoever it is I’ve shrugged shirkedcringed avoidedtoo big for me
Not fear, not friendship
Tolerant mutual avoidance
Polite refusal to mention certain arrangements: suffering my own tendencies
So many subjects to avoid, and not much room for conversation, a lot of conversation killers,
though sometimes thoughts align to a thank you to a howdy-do
Your Relationship with God?
Father / cipher factor in an equation beyond my grasp.
The president of the presidents
Silence of things when they suddenly appear
A generosity maybe
Energy left over from brute mechanics
Sometimes in Scripture starkly human especially when I see the stretched body in a tree
A figure latent in all landscapes
Parts of You That Need to Be Put to Death?
Well. Fishy, compromising, mealy-mouthed...
Do you believe a word of this?Don’t trust a word of this.
Is this what you want?
Tell me what you want,
And grant me grant me please this:
that I am earnest,
tone deaf but persistent
As the Angel of the Lord Commanded Joseph
Trees along the Taconic sheathed in ice,ordinary from a distance then at a certain angle
on fire, electric in light
that is all in the angle, the hour, the slant,a sight soon gone in the ongoing
So Joseph hears the angel quote Isaiah— Behold: the virgin, etc.—
and decides the child will be Emmanuel.
He’s taking Scripture in a surprising direction,
but the angel was the permission, the angle, the instruction:
These poems were written in response to the daily readings from Meeting Christ in Prayer.
Elizabeth Poreba teaches high school in Manhattan. She has published a chapbook, available from Finishing Line Press.
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