January 20, 2009

What If...?

"What if the mightiest word is love?
Love beyond marital, filial, national.
Love that casts a widening pool of light.
Love with no need to pre-empt grievance.
In today's sharp sparkle, this winter air,
Anything can be made, any sentence begun
On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp.
Praise song for walking forward in that light."
—from "Praise Song for the Day" by Elizabeth Alexander


Marianne said...

Elizabeth read this poem so beautifully this morning...the words brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful day!

paul etcheverry said...

I like this poem even more the second time around.