Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Worm's Waking


This is how a human being can change.
There is a worm
addicted to eating grape leaves.

Suddenly, he wakes up,
call it grace, whatever, something
wakes him, and he is no longer a worm.

He is the entire vineyard,
and the orchard too, the fruit, the trunks,
a growing wisdom and joy
that does not need to devour.

4 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Generosity begets generativity. To eat and receive like the worm is to give I suppose and thereby everything else grows too. Thanks, Ruth.

Ruth said...

Very interesting, Elisabeth. I had to think about that word generativity.

I also think of Isaiah 58:11 . . . you will be like a well watered garden . . . . You have to be well fed and watered in order to have fruits to offer.

Thank you.

steven said...

so like today's rilke . . . . letting go of place and purpose and name and melding into the whole. steven

kkrige said...

Grace is a mysterious and fabulous thing that has purpose in its wandering way.