Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Bat

I was reading about rationalism,
the kind of thing we do up north
in early winter, where the sun
leaves work for the day at 4:15

Maybe the world is intelligible
to the rational mind;
and maybe we light the lamps at dusk
for nothing...

Then I heard the wings overhead.

The cats and I chased the bat
in circles—living room, kitchen,
pantry, kitchen, living room...
At every turn it evaded us

like the identity of the third person
in the Trinity: the one
who spoke through the prophets,
the one who astounded Mary
by suddenly coming near.

-- Jane Kenyon, from Otherwise, © Graywolf Press, 1996.

1 comment:

Mrs. T said...

Thanks for posting this beautiful poem. I like Jane Kenyon quite a lot, what I've read of her.