IF YOU WAIT (ANOTHER NEW SCARRIET POEM)

Can too much loving make us weep?
When we get more loving than we can keep?
I will be there, soon, love, I will be there, soon.

Great love means great worry.
Great fear means great hurry.
I will be there, soon, love, I will be there, soon.

Who will look at the moon alone
From the prison of their frozen throne?
I will be there, soon, love, I will be there, soon.

Love, that makes us love the same things,
Has lost a rose in Saturn’s rings.
I will be there, soon, love, I will be there, soon.

Sorrow, who wrote the poems of old,
Scorned the warrior, bedecked and bold.
I will be there, soon, love, I will be there, soon.

God, who sees all things slain,
Painted us from shadows small and vain.
I will be there, soon, love, I will be there, soon.

There is a path we are on,
But the path we are is gone.
I will be there, soon, love, I will be there, soon.

4 Comments

  1. drew said,

    February 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I especially enjoy the stanzas about Sorrow and God.

    “I walked a mile with Pleasure,
    She chattered all the way;
    But left me none the wiser
    For all she had to say.

    I walked a mile with Sorrow,
    And ne’er a word said she;
    But, oh, the things I learned from her
    When sorrow walked with me.”

    [from: Streams in the Desert]

    I’m on the side of God-centered poetry. That’s why I like your poem.
    Of course, Love is also important…

    • March 31, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Dear Drew, A while ago you told me you were attracted to the Six-Pointed Star (a.k.a., Star of David, Solomon’s Seal, etc.) because of its “metaphysical” significance. So maybe as someone else besides myself who has this admittedly rather uncommon interest, you can tell me some information I haven’t been able to find anywhere. You probably know that story of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi having a prominent six-pointed star as part of its interior design. When the Germans arrived there during World War II, they were not at all happy to see it, but the Italians talked them out of removing it. (So I have heard or read.) By any chance do you know what happened to the star during the recent earthquake’s near-destruction of the cathedral? Was the star destroyed, and if it was, was it restored as part of the whole restoration project? Thank you for whatever assistance you may be able to give me. Sincerely, David Bittner

  2. drew said,

    March 31, 2014 at 2:42 am

    I had not heard about the star in the St Francis church, no.
    Interesting historical perspective on the symbol.

    If you look at it a certain way, it appears as 6 interlocking “A”s.
    And of course the Lord’s Prayer can be summed up in the cipher “as above, so below” depicted as two triangles superimposed. But I digress…

    • March 31, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      And I certainly did not know about the “6 interlocking A’s” of the Star of David, or that the Lord’s Prayer could be summarized in the phrase “as above, so below.” But I definitely do have an interest in cosmography (or would cosmology or cosmogony be a better word?), and I remember being delighted as a grade-schooler to discover that in the World Book Encyclopedia, three rather substantial articles on Jerusalem, Jesus, and Jews, came one right after the other, in that order (with only relatively small “filler” articles in between). Even though this had to be so, from a standpoint of alphabetic order, I have always taken my reaction as a sign of having a Christian heart early in life. (There have been other signs.) But anyway, I will keep up the detective work and find out somehow, I hope, about the church in Assisi. Yours, David Bittner


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