Monday, 4 April 2011

Today's calendar poem is by the Dutch writer C.O. Jellema


Does god exist still, small sarcophagus
of faith, as vacant as
the Doric temples at Paestum:
a hiding place their columns for other birds
than gods – when I ask for him?

Small mummy of stone
with no heart, tabernacle,
with no place for sacred candle, do you
protect our landscape with your body
as a floor for heaven? I’m only asking.

Silent soundbox for outside, for godwits
in June, lowing dairy cattle at the gate –
so closed, I sit one evening in the grass
among your tombstones, you are loveliest so:
shut tight, the unforthcoming answer’s shrine.

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