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The Avowal

bolinas_december_2011_061Today’s Lenten poem from Education for Justice is by Denise Levertov.

The Avowal

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.

Source: “The Avowal” from The Stream and the Sapphire, by Denise Levertov.
New York: New Directions Publishing, 1997.

Posted by opreach on March 22, 2013
4 Comments Post a comment
  1. 03/22/2013
    Rebecca Blackwell

    I love this poem and its sentiment. I’ve heard Christians described as pneumanauts… I think Levertov would approve.

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    • 03/22/2013

      Thanks Rebecca. You have given me a new word. I like it! It’s not even Pentecost yet, and we’re looking to the Spirit!!

      Reply
  2. 03/22/2013

    wow to both photo and poem!
    Love this line –

    …….so would I learn to attain
    freefall, and float
    into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,…………….

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    • 03/23/2013

      So right, Keith. And wouldn’t we love that spirit of abandon. Pat

      Reply

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