Virginia Psalm

This is the way God loves you,
in the quiet of blue mountains
that have only to stand tall to speak,

and this is the way God loves you,
in red clay earth staining rivers across palms,
blood-splashed dirt drunk on men
who fought for freedom and men they kept as slaves;
from this unholy ground springs flowers,
pressing blue petal-lips to sky.

This is the way God loves you,
in curious grace punctuating silence,
in rainstorms breaking down cloud-walls,
in tadpoles living in puddles atop a mountain,
in glad buoyancy of ocean waves.

This is the way God loves you—
when you ask who he is and what he wants,
his only answer is pine-scent drifting on air,
dappled sunlight, radiant brushstrokes of evening.

And this is the way God loves you,
in the preservation of ancient words:
the laments, the musings, the wanderings
of fellow pilgrims on earth, looking forward,
looking backward, to greet a homeland from afar.

This is the way God loves you,
in each cell multiplying and multiplying
all the way to the grave.

This is the way God loves you: rotting three days in the darkness,
unwrapping the cloth from his head,
blinking in sunlight again.

This is the way God loves you;
this is the way God loves you.

Also I suppose I should credit Sleeping At Last. Their soundtrack for the film Many Beautiful Things has a song on it called This is the Way God Loves you. I was listening to it one day and thought, Oh. I should write a poem. I don’t think the film is out yet, but the soundtrack is very lovely.

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4 thoughts on “Virginia Psalm

  1. Erin Chalupa

    Anne,

    This is beautiful. I have always loved poetry. Free verse poetry and narratives are my favorite things to write. I love the imagrry in the poem. 🙂 Keep it up!

    Erin Chalupa

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