“As Barth”: Entry #13

The thirteenth entry comes from iconographer Ann Chapin. The quotes at the beginning and end of the poem are from the Persian philosopher, Rumi.

Barth & Rumi Advise the Theologian

“We and our existences are really non-existence;
thou art the absolute Being which manifests the perishable.”

You can’t find Him in there, go ahead, look hard,

with all the commentaries you may buy - or write yourself.

His domain we cannot discover,

and this shore has no port.

Does one arrive only by shipwreck?

“Come and dwell with me and be my Beloved,” is His call.

His love gives birth to hurricanes,

takes everything,

and gives more than all things back in Him alone.

(You have caused this shipwreck.

My secret stores of comfort,

hidden rafts of self-reliance,

hidden even from myself,

you have utterly destroyed, dashed against

the rocky shore of your desire for me.)

“But when the eye is turned toward the Light of God
What thing could remain hidden under such a Light?”

The contest will end on July 4, at which point we will have a poll to decide who is the winner. If you wish to enter the contest, email me here. See the original post for more information.


3 out of 5 stars - it simply misses in my philistine eyes and ears.
Anonymous said…
Excellent! This is really, really first rate--beautiful poetry, great sensitivity to the issue. I withdraw my haiku from the competition in favor of this!
Ben Myers said…
Yes, I'd withdraw as well in light of this one -- this is a very fine poem, Ann.