O You! You tiny who Of Simeons song You shepherds shock You singular star-bright You student Shunning company And travel For scholars light. Just apprentice Of your mothers husband True measurer And leveler And line Authoritative voice Enlisting aid Selector And selected And Divine. Creative host Of weddings, picnics, graves Most social And uncelebrated Friend You thoughtful martyr You thirsty man You dying God— I hoped! But this concludes . . . Amen. Amen. O Heir of power Crasher Of closed meetings The unsummoned Inviting inspection— You natural! You Master Of surprise.
This poem was originally published in the anthology A Widening Light: Poems on the Incarnation, edited by Luci Shaw, and is used here by permission of the poet.
Sandra R. Duguid (b. 1947) is an American poet living in West Caldwell, New Jersey. For twenty years she taught literature, composition, and creative writing at colleges in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, retiring in 2010 to devote more time to writing. She is a recipient of a Fellowship in Poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and author of the poetry collection Pails Scrubbed Silver (North Star Press, 2013).
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The poem is showing up for me, on both my phone and my computer. I’m using a Chrome browser. I checked the formatting in the WordPress editor and everything looks normal, so I’m not sure what the issue is. Sorry.
A few other people reported the same problem, but only for the email version. It appears to have been a WordPress glitch in which the font color got changed to white in the email, and thus the text of the poem is visible only if you highlight the big apparently blank space. But it appears just fine on the website. Weird!
It is a lovely poem, and I really appreciate your blog!