Jul 15, 2013 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Day 27: Who you are is good enough.

this article todayDear Pope Francis,

I read this article today that compared you to Princess Diana. It said you’re the Princess Diana of the Church  Maybe reporters need shorthand was to sum you up, but I thought this was pretty thin. For one thing, by identifying you with Diana, the reporter defines you — and everything about your papacy so far says you resist easy definitions of who you are.

I thought of this poem that I thought was apt in this situation.

Saint Francis and the Sow
The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;  
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;  
as Saint Francis
put his hand on the creased forehead
of the sow, and told her in words and in touch  
blessings of earth on the sow, and the sow  
began remembering all down her thick length,  
from the earthen snout all the way
through the fodder and slops to the spiritual curl of the tail,  
from the hard spininess spiked out from the spine  
down through the great broken heart
to the sheer blue milken dreaminess spurting and shuddering  
from the fourteen teats into the fourteen mouths sucking and blowing beneath them:
the long, perfect loveliness of sow.

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