Reflection for 22nd July 2012

I Am Going To Start Living Like a Mystic

Today I am pulling on a green wool sweater
and walking across the park in a dusky snowfall.

The trees stand like twenty-seven prophets in a field,
each a station in a pilgrimage–silent, pondering.

Blue flakes of light falling across their bodies
are the ciphers of a secret, an occultation.

I will examine their leaves as pages in a text
and consider the bookish pigeons, students of winter.

I will kneel on the track of a vanquished squirrel
and stare into a blank pond for the figure of Sophia.

I shall begin scouring the sky for signs
as if my whole future were constellated upon it.

I will walk home alone with the deep alone,
a disciple of shadows, in praise of the mysteries.

Edward Hirsch

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

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One response to “Reflection for 22nd July 2012

  1. This is one of the best poems I’ve read in the bulletin reflection spot. To my shame, I’d never heard of Edward Hirsch, but I’ve now looked him up on Wikipedia and will buy his 2010 collection from AmazonUK.

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