God’s Thief

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Art by Jeff Blum Copyright 2018

 

God sees me carry the stones from the seashore, smooth
gray rocks I cradle two at a time, pulling them close
to my belly, carrying them like the physical therapist said to.
If it’s against the law to carry these rocks home
to my garden, well then, I’m God’s thief.
God sees me snap off the forsythia branches, try
to speed up spring, make sunlight and  water
push out small green leaves, butter-yellow blooms.
They brighten my Spartan workroom.
God sees me out among the weeds and the damp spring soil
when I should be writing.
God knows the faces of our friends are drawn tight
in those last days before their bodies give out, their souls
still burning hard and bright in our memories.

If only God weren’t so silent, so distant with us,
if only God would pull up a chair, act like
a parent imparting advice, say, When I was your age,
Rome wasn’t built in a day, keep your friends close

I’ve gathered so many rocks now, each time wondering
when God will show God’s self, or give me a sign—
not a miracle exactly, but a perfect rose, then another,
a summer of roses, safe behind a wall of sea-smoothed rocks.

 

From The Glamorganshire Bible. 

To purchase a copy of this, my most recent poetry collection,  at a cost of  $12.99 , postage included, email me at lviti@wellesley.edu

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Mercy High School, Baltimore scholarship funds.

 

4 thoughts on “God’s Thief

  1. Lovely! Congratulations on your new journey. I refuse to call it retirement for you–moving on is more like it.Peace and love.

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    1. Thank you. Magistra! Onward to more writing (and teaching) adventures! I hope to see you on my next trip to Baltimore–I hope, next fall?

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  2. I love this poem…I received my copy of The Glamorganshire Bible…and I loved that poem and so many– if not all– the others.

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