Rebirth

For the listener, who listens in the snow, And, nothing himself, beholds nothing that is not there and the nothing that is. — Wallace Stevens, “The Snow Man”

There ought not to be anything but that my mind has ordered it so —

So I had been taught — for the mind is designer

Reality but the by-blow, bastard child that diminishes as I diminish

But that the Emperor of Ice-Cream has clay feet

Which stand on eternity’s threshold eyeing a feast.

There the bread and wine of Thy design

Grain and grape sweetly lies upon the tongue

To “taste and see the goodness of the LORD”

Yet nothing tasting if not sanctified by Thy Word

Blood spilled and body broken

Spoken gospel of love heard by a few

Who once nothing being are born in You

Till nothing become sons and daughters

Alive to You.


Laura at dVerse asks us to address paradox as a matter for today’s “Poetics” prompt, including using as a starting point and/or epigraph the above Wallace Stevens quotation. Click on Mr. Linky for more and join in!

23 thoughts on “Rebirth”

  1. I could SEE Wallace Steven’s spirit throughout this poem. WOW! You really took on his voice here for the prompt and that is amazing. A very beautiful and well-written piece, Dora. ❤ ❤

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  2. there is so much packed into this poem that a re-read several times is necessary when the nothingness becomes born-again. I loved these lines too
    “But that the Emperor of Icecream has clay feet

    Which stand on eternity’s threshold eyeing a feast.”

    Like

  3. This is absolutely OUTSTANDING! 😍 I love; “But that the Emperor of Ice-Cream has clay feet
    which stand on eternity’s threshold eyeing a feast.”

    Liked by 1 person

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