‘Our Ugly Failure to Evolve’ — On the Mystery of the Incarnation, after Newtown

160229699212188623“On the Mystery of the Incarnation”

It’s when we face for a moment
the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know
the taint in our own selves, that awe
cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart:
not to a flower, not to a dolphin,
to no innocent form
but to this creature vainly sure
it and no other is god-like, God
(out of compassion for our ugly
failure to evolve) entrusts,
as guest, as brother,
the Word.

Denise Levertov (h/t Andrew Foster Connors)

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2 thoughts on “‘Our Ugly Failure to Evolve’ — On the Mystery of the Incarnation, after Newtown

  1. The meaning of the name Sibylla is ‘Female prophet’.
    BlueRoom 2012.12.18 Tue
    ‘Sibylla’
    the Word
    sibling
    as guest

  2. Roy Howard says:

    This is one of my favorite poems from one of my favorite poets. The photos is too searing to linger here.

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