Magazine February 22, 2010, Issue

Poetry

AT THE RECEPTION

Up there, the braids were dark and round.

The skirt was slanting from the ground.

So suavely rocked she, swift but still,

Bride like a bell tower, like God’s will.

How strangely grew, to me at four,

Her feet like flowers from the floor.

She was a steep but decorous hill,

Garlanded wilderness, God’s will.

But this above all heights is strange:

No more the sky than she can change.

The sun may flower, clouds may chime.

She looms in laughter all this time;

As I within my own self loom:

An angel in a rented room,

Love’s likeness in a heart this poor,

And Christ asleep in my desk drawer.

Marvelous, beyond speaking of it,

God’s will is, and the will to love it.

Sarah Ruden’s most recent work is a translation of Augustine’s Confessions.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Professor of Contempt

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Features

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Books, Arts & Manners

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The Straggler

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Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

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The Long View

From the Pelosi inbox . . .

TO:  Dianne@speakersoffice.gov FROM: NP@speakersoffice.gov RE: I’m hungry Hey Dianne . . . Hate to bother you, but I’m sitting here in my office and suddenly craving something sweet. Can you handle this? Thnx . ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

AT THE RECEPTION Up there, the braids were dark and round. The skirt was slanting from the ground. So suavely rocked she, swift but still, Bride like a bell tower, like God’s will. How strangely ...
Happy Warrior

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