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An Imperfect Life

poetry by Fr. Harold Macdonald

The Series

Ashes to Easter

 

 

 

Wilderness

 

Unimproved by human engineers,

the wilderness is nature in the raw;

night sky, the stars, the cold, the bed of straw,

the hunt, the cry, the ever-watchful fears.

This dangerous, ill-fit place, is called ďretreatĒ;

discovering God in natureís origins

its otherness, a hint how it begins.

Wild itís start; of a wilder God it speaks;

A God Who must be kind and tamed and taught

to live beneath a roof, be civilized,

to speak when spoken to without surprise.

In short, to help us as a true god ought.

In wilderness we learn that God must change

And we? Godís work Improve and rearrange.

 

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