When The Holy Thaws

She was quite the mystic of her time and this magnificent poem just appeared in my In Box – enjoy …

WHEN THE HOLY THAWS

A woman’s body, like the earth, has seasons;
when the mountain stream flows,
when the holy
thaws,

when I am most fragile and in need,
it was then, it seemed,
God came
closest.

God, like a medic on a field, is tending our souls.
Our horns get locked with desires, but don’t hold yourself
too accountable; for all desires are
really innocent.  That is what
the compassion in His
eyes tell me.

Why this great war between the countries — the countries —
inside of us?

What are all these insane borders we protect?
What are all these different names for the same church of love
we kneel in together?   For it is true, together we live; and only
at that shrine where all are welcome will God sing
loud enough to be heard.

Our horns got locked with the earth and sky in some odd
marriage ritual; so what, don’t worry.  We should be proud of
ourselves for everything we helped create in this
magic world.

And God is always there, if you feel wounded.  He kneels
over this earth like
a divine medic,

and His love thaws
the holy in us.

~ St. Teresa of Avila ~

 


A woman’s body, like the earth, has seasons;
when the mountain stream flows,
when the holy
thaws,
when I am most fragile and in need,
it was then, it seemed,
God came
closest.
God, like a medic on a field, is tending our souls.
Our horns get locked with desires, but don’t hold yourself
too accountable; for all desires are
really innocent.  That is what
the compassion in His
eyes tell me.
Why this great war between the countries — the countries —
inside of us?
What are all these insane borders we protect?
What are all these different names for the same church of love
we kneel in together?   For it is true, together we live; and only
at that shrine where all are welcome will God sing
loud enough to be heard.
Our horns got locked with the earth and sky in some odd
marriage ritual; so what, don’t worry.  We should be proud of
ourselves for everything we helped create in this
magic world.
And God is always there, if you feel wounded.  He kneels
over this earth like
a divine medic,
and His love thaws
the holy in us.
~ St. Teresa of Avila ~

 

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5 Responses to When The Holy Thaws

  1. makingspace1 says:

    Beautiful – just lovely and so needed tonight – thank you!

  2. Donna Ingenito says:

    wow….just beautiful! Did you know that I went to a school named St. Teresa of Avila? Who knew she was a poet??

  3. flea says:

    Perfect timing for me! Did Keelty have anything to do with this?
    My favorite line “… his love thaws the holy in us”.

    Here is my current favorite poem from my friend Rilke:

    God speaks to each of us as we are made,

    then walks with us silently out of the night.
    These are the words, the numinous words we
    hear before we begin:
    You, called forth by your senses,
    reach to the edge of your longing.
    Become my body.
    Flare up like a flame
    and make big shadows I can move in.
    Let everything into to you: beauty and terror.

    Just keep going. Remember, no feeling is final.
    Nearby is the land they call life.

    You will know it by its intensity.
    Don’t let yourself lose me.
    Give me your hand.

    love.

    • Christina says:

      Hey Flea!
      Well, Keelty always has something to do with poetry in my life – and with this one, too, in that she gave me the link to this online poetry group which sends me a poem every day and that day, this was the poem!

      WOW – I love this Rilke one – I hadn’t heard it before – good to know he’s your ‘friend’!!

      My favorite lines from this one:

      Let everything into to you: beauty and terror.

      Just keep going. Remember, no feeling is final.
      Nearby is the land they call life.

      You will know it by its intensity.

      I think I’ll post the whole thing on the blog – thanks for sending it along!

      Lots of love to you!!

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