I am a little church — e. e. cummings

I am a little church

I am a little church (no great cathedral)
far from the splendor and squalor of hurrying cities.
I do not worry if briefer days grow briefest,
I am not sorry when sun and rain make April.

My life is the life of the reaper and the sower;
my prayers are prayers of earth’s own clumsily striving
(finding and losing and laughing and crying) children
whose any sadness or joy is my grief or my gladness.

Around me surges a miracle of unceasing
birth and glory and death and resurrection:
over my sleeping self float flaming symbols of hope,
and I wake to a perfect patience of mountains.

I am a little church (far from the frantic
world with its rapture and anguish) at peace with nature.
I do not worry if longer nights grow longest;
I am not sorry when silence becomes singing.

Winter by spring, I lift my diminutive spire to
merciful Him Whose only now is forever:
standing erect in the deathless truth of His presence
(welcoming humbly His light and proudly His darkness).

~ Edward Estlin Cummings ~

(Complete Poems 1904-1962)

About new desert

Nurturing the Gift of Seeking is about a spiritual "destination," a journey within, a new beginning, that eventually takes us where we are meant to arrive. What matters is, first and foremost, our seeking spirit. Happy journey, dear fellow Sisters and Brothers!
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2 Responses to I am a little church — e. e. cummings

  1. Qu’importe, Dieu se trouve aussi dans les petites églises…
    Merci pour cette beauté, Gilles

  2. new desert says:

    Merci chère Elisabeth de ton passage et de tes notes, à droite et à gauche. Le compagnonnage, si je puis employer ce mot, en sus de l’amitié, fait chaud au cœur.

    J’ai poste ce joli poème car il m’ fait penser à la “basilique” au chœur / cœur de laquelle j’ai réalisé mon expérience, autour du mercredi des Cendres, il y a deux ans.

    Ce n’est donc pas une histoire de taille, mais de sainteté, si je puis dire!

    Amour et Lumière, ma chère!

    Gilles

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