Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Words on Wednesday: On the Mystery of the Incarnation

Detail of Michaelangelo's Pietà

On the Mystery of the Incarnation 
Denise Levertov (1923–1997)

It's when we face for a moment
the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know
the taint in our own selves, that awe
cracks the mind's shell and enters the heart:
not to a flower, not to a dolphin,
to no innocent form
but to this creature vainly sure
it and no other is god-like, God
(out of compassion for our ugly
failure to evolve) entrusts,
as guest, as brother,
the Word.

Photo by Mary Harrsch

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