Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Strange and Quickened Dust

ashes to ashes, dust to dust

Within this Strange and Quickened Dust

O God, within this strange and quickened dust
The beating heart controls the coursing blood
In discipline that holds in check the flood
But cannot stem corrosion and dark rust.
In flesh’s solitude I count it blest
That only you, my Lord, can see my heart
With passion’s darkness tearing it apart
With storms of self, and tempests of unrest.
But your love breaks through blackness, bursts with light;
We separate ourselves, but you rebind
In Dayspring all our fragments; body, mind
And spirit join, unite against the night.
Healed by your love, corruption and decay
Are turned, and whole, we greet the light of day.

- Madeleine L'Engle
found in Glimpses of Grace, the reading for March 22

You may also find it in The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L'Engle p. 66

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