Ephphatha, or God at Bat

Wonder arrests me as it
vests me with eyes
seen by robin, whose
cocked head whips mine
round.
Wisdom unsettles me as
she wrestles me
into a garments of joy:

a toddler twists a word and world
a stalk explodes with a bloom
a preacher weeps the gospel –

finger to ear
spit to tongue:

Be opened.

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10 thoughts on “Ephphatha, or God at Bat

  1. Mary says:

    thank you for such authenticity 🙂

  2. Marie Taylor says:

    I like especially, “a preacher weeps the gospel.” 🙂

  3. dianerivers says:

    “Wonder arrests me”, “wisdom unsettles me”, the “preacher weeps the gospel”. These images are so vivid and expressive. And the invitation to “be opened” is truly compelling. Thank you, as always, for weaving these thoughts together for us to ponder and enjoy.

  4. shoreacres says:

    What a difference, between the email containing the poem and the way it appears on the page, here. In the email, every line is aligned left. It’s a perfect example of how the form of a poem helps to communicate its meaning, and why so much of the poetry I’ve looked at on the Kindle just doesn’t “work”: the lines have to be wrapped, and the distortion of the form detracts from the meaning. Interesting.

    The poem itself is wonderful. It took me a few minutes to figure out “eyes seen by robin” to my satisfaction. That’s not bad — that’s good. Imagery that makes us pause and ponder is the best!

    • agjorgenson says:

      I’m happy the robin got you thinking. He did the same for me. I’m also glad you appreciated the wrapping. I have to say that WordPress is not altogether friendly on this front. Centring, left and right justifying is a breeze, but anything else requires a little homework.

  5. diannegray says:

    What beautiful imagery, Allen.

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