Thursday, August 25, 2011

ecstacy and god

Charles Simic
Night Picnic

There was the sky, starless and vast
Home of every one of our dark thoughts
Its door open to more darkness.
And you, like a late door-to-door salesman,
With only your own beating heart
In the palm of your outstretched hand.

All things are imbued with God's being
(She said in hushed tones
As if his ghost might overhear us)
The dark wood around us,
Our faces which we cannot see,
Even this bread we are eating.

You were mulling over the particulars
Of your cosmic insignificance
Between slow sips of red wine.
In the ensuing quiet, you could hear
Her small, sharp teeth chewing the crust
And then finally, she moistened her lips. 

 Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Ecstasy of St. Teresa, ca. 1647-52

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