you arrive another

suggested by Louis MacNeice’s ‘Prayer Before Birth’

you arrive another
i accommodate

not cosset or indulge
build or tear down walls for
shield from error or rehearse
in wise lies and urges for blood

not mute the voices
that prick you trick you dope you
make much and little of your skin and size
rope you into thinking their certainties
quiet you when you oppose

i lay an ample spread
seas to go down to
giants to look up to
fields to bend your back
hills and soft rain ways to tramp
forests to cool you
deserts to level your head

i offer small days and big
sundry plain dapple a flame within
i ask you be you and be good
good makes sense for all things
evil’s a septic wound of mind

i offer you a chance to love
and many chances to be kind
i offer you an ending

the universe spreads rumours and wild fires
i’m a small safe corner
your bright idea for now
hear me

34 thoughts on “you arrive another

  1. Sprinkled sugar like on a griddlecake with intense spirituality and emotion as in acknowledgment to the gift from the omnipotent source of love and all things. You have written a spiritual impression that would dwell well within the pages of a hymnal. Ever your friend, Jon Michael

  2. Stylistically this is a real tour de force, John – the run off between lines (sorry, I can’t remember the correct terminology) is excellent giving the poem a real flow and sense of connection in that it reflects the message of love and hope being unending, and the rhymes are delicious.
    A very finely crafted poem. Fabulous writing.

  3. ‘not cosset or indulge’

    cosset
    ˈkɒsɪt/Submit
    verb
    care for and protect in an overindulgent way.
    “all her life she’d been cosseted by her family”

    I had to look it up.
    G.

  4. Brother John – eloquent reply to the unborn in MacNeice’s “Prayer Before Birth” :

    i offer you a chance to love
    and many chances to be kind
    i offer you an ending

    Love the conclusion:

    the universe spreads rumours and wild fires
    i’m a small safe corner
    your bright idea for now
    hear me

    MacNeice’s “Bagpipe Music” is one of my favorite poems.

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