Thursday, 10 March 2011

i am a little church

The painting was done on holiday in Austria in summer 2010, inspired by one I saw by Reinhold Stecher in a small booklet called 'Der Rosenkranz, ein kleines Plaedoyer'

The poem i am a little church is by e e cummings. I thnk they go together rather well

i am a little church(no great cathedral)

far from the splendor and squalor of hurrying cities

—i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest,

i am not sorry when sun and rain make april

my life is the life of the reaper and the sower;

my prayers are prayers of earth's own clumsily striving

(finding and losing and laughing and crying)children

whose any sadness or joy is my grief or my gladness

around me surges a miracle of unceasing

birth and glory and death and resurrection:

over my sleeping self float flaming symbols

of hope,and i wake to a perfect patience of mountains

i am a little church(far from the frantic

world with its rapture and anguish)at peace with nature

—i do not worry if longer nights grow longest;

i am not sorry when silence becomes singing

winter by spring,i lift my diminutive spire to

merciful Him Whose only now is forever:

standing erect in the deathless truth of His presence

(welcoming humbly His light and proudly His darkness)

"Poem 77" from 95 Poems (1958), p. 749

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