All I ask is that the sun comes silently to set my hands to work…….

 

Prayer 

published in the Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile

Alice Oswald, British born 1966, Oxford Professor of Poetry

 

 

Here I work in the hollow of God’s hand
with Time bent round into my reach. I touch
the circle of the earth, I throw and catch
the sun and moon by turns into my mind.
I sense the length of it from end to end,
I sway me gently in my flesh and each
point of the process changes as I watch;
the flowers come, the rain follows the wind.

 

 

 

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And all I ask is this – and you can see
how far the soul, when it goes under flesh,
is not a soul, is small and creaturish –
that every day the sun comes silently
to set my hands to work and that the moon
turns and returns to meet me when it’s done.

 

 

 

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Vintage North American and Indian fabrics applied to damask table cloth material to make a quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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