Cairns first “Idiot Psalm”

This is from a recently published book of poems by Scott Cairns. Cairns is a poet and writing teacher at the University of Missouri. For your enjoyment and perhaps your prayer.

O God Belovéd if obliquely so,

dimly apprehended in the midst

of this, the fraught obscuring fog

of my insufficiently capacious ken,

Ostensible Lover of our kind—while

apparently aloof—allow

that I might glimpse once more

Your shadow in the land, avail

for me, a second time, the sense

of dire Presence in the pulsing

hollow near the heart.

Once more, O Lord, from Your Enormity incline

your Face to shine upon Your servant, shy

of immolation, if You will. ~ from Idiot Psalms, New Poems by Scott Cairns

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