Today is World Poetry Day and so I offer you a poem from Madeleine L’Engle’s book A Ring of Endless Light. This poem brought me immense comfort during perhaps the saddest time of my life when I experienced a series of pregnancy losses.
The earth will never be the same again
Rock, water, tree, iron, share this grief
As distant stars participate in the pain.
A candle snuffed, a falling star or leaf,
……O this particular loss
is Heaven-mourned; for if no angel cried
when this small one was tossed away as dross,
The very galaxies would have lied.
How shall we sing our love’s song now
In this strange land where all are born to die?
Each tree and leaf and star show how
The universe is part of this one cry,
Every life is noted and is cherished,
and nothing loved is ever lost or perished.
What poems have made a difference in your life?