Re: Velation

“On some clear nights in the country the stars can exhaust us.” – Jim Harrison


“The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave (1 Kings 19:11-13 NIV).”


God did not

whisper as he passed

by on that frozen lake.


He hammered.


The wonder is the ice

did not shatter, the earth

did not shake.


The wonder is I did not die.


All these years later

I struggle to decipher.


This is part of “28 Days of Unreason”

based on prompts taken from poems

by Jim Harrison.

5 thoughts on “Re: Velation

  1. Those are the moments that wake us up, aren’t they? That passage does lend itself to poetry and I’m grateful you pointed me to this one that is almost a counterpoint to the one I posted. (I like your translation better…mine is a newer one. I’m more familiar with the one you used.)

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