Sunday, March 11, 2012

the fire rises in me (a poem by symeon the new theologian)

the fire rises in me,
and lights up my heart.
like the sun!
like the golden disk!
opening, expanding, radiant--
--a flame!

i say again:
i don't know
what to say!

i'd fall silent
--if only i could--
but this marvel
makes my heart leap,
it leaves me open-mouthed
like a fool,

urging me
to summon words
from my silence.

-symeon the new theologian (949-1032)

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