Calling forth goodness

dandelionToday as I prepare to write a sermon about dandelions and blessings, I share a poem by Denise Levertov. My apologies to those who despise dandelions.

But we have only begun

to love the earth.

We have only begun

to imagine the fullness of life.

How could we tire of hope?

So much in the bud.

How can desire fail?

We have only begun

to imagine justice and mercy

only begun to envision

how it might be

to live as siblings with beast

and flower,

not as oppressors.

Surely our river

cannot already be hastening

into the sea of non-being?

Surely it cannot

drag, in the silt,

all that is innocent?

But yet, not yet

there is too much broken

that must be mended,

too much hurt we have done

to each other

that cannot yet be forgiven.

We have only begun to know

the power that is in us if we

would join

our solitudes in the

communion of struggle.

So much is unfolding that must

complete its gesture,

so much is in the bud.

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3 Responses to Calling forth goodness

  1. michimusic says:

    As a person of Mennonite roots who now identifies with the zen community, this is perfect. Thank you

  2. Diane Richardson Spaite says:

    Oooo, I love this imagery…Dear friend Pip-maybe best to go find a dandelion and take a puff when the right time comes….I wonder what you’d think then 😉

  3. pip1943 says:

    Combining images of environmentalism and social justice! “We have only begun to imagine justice and mercy — only begun to envision how it might be to live as siblings with beast and flower, not as oppressors.” Question: can siblings eat each other without being oppressors? Do flowers eat each other? And where do fossils and minerals and parts per million come in? And can we be siblings to aquifers, too? Will we outlive the Ogallala? It’s not fair to outlive our siblings, is it? That’s some kind of oppression, but who gets hurt the most? Sorry, Ms. Levertov, your poem makes us think, but gets us all twisted up.

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