19th Sun A
Sunday 9th August 2020

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Poetry speaks to the heart through the experience of another. The effort it takes to lay aside our own views and feelings and enter into someone else's vision helps us to prepare our hearts to be open to the wisdom of God.

This Sunday's Poetry

O desolate eves along the way, how oft,
despite your bitterness, was I warm at heart!
not with the glow or remember’d hearths, but warm
with the solitary unquenchable fore that burns
a flameless heat deep in his heart who had come
where the formless winds plunge and exult for aye
among the naked spaces of the world,
for past the circle of ruddy hearths
and all their memories. Desperate eves,
when the wind-bitten hills turn’d violet
along their rims, and the earth huddled her heat
within her niggard bosom, and the dead stones
lay battle-strewn before the iron wind
that, blowing from the chill west, made all its way
a loneliness to yield its triumph room;
yet in that wind a clamour of trumpets rang,
old trumpets, resolute, stark, undauntable,
singing to battle against the eternal foe,
the wronger of this world, and all his powers
in some last fight, foredoom’d disastrous,
upon the final ridges of the world:
a war-worn note, stern fire in the stricken eve,
and fire thro’ all my ancient heart, that sprang
towards that last hope of a glory won in defeat,
whence, knowing not sure if such high grace befall
at the end, yet I draw courage to front the way.

Christopher Brennan 1870-1932.