“As Barth” Winner: Ann Chapin!

The “As Barth” contest is over and the winner is ... Ann Chapin, for her poem, “Barth & Rumi Advise the Theologian.” Many thanks to everyone who participated in this fun experiment. The poems were all very creative and thoughtful; some were also quite profound. In case you missed the contest, click here to read all of the entries.

And now, here is Ann Chapin’s winning poem in full:

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?”


Anonymous said…
Huzzah! Well deserved! A beautiful, beautiful poem.
dw said…
Congrats, Ann, a very good poem. I voted for it.
Anonymous said…
Congrats, Ann!
Anonymous said…
Absolutely. This poem must find its way into an anthology - or your own collection, Ann?
Anonymous said…
Hi, All...
Thanks for all your votes. I've been out of the country for the past week and had not been able to follow the contest. I just got back today and was surprised to find that I had won. I had not expected that honor, with so many excellent entries.


Ann Chapin