On Things Too Small



We have tamed
      the wild bird
   and in the taming
      stolen away
her wild song

We have paid
      the prophet
   and in the purchase
his prophecies

We have civilized
      the Christ`child
   and in our pandering
the Incarnation

“anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
you have made too small for you.” ~ David Whyte


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to On Things Too Small

  1. but He cannot be civilized…


  2. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    Exactly this. And they wonder why our churches are empty. On Christmas day last year, I wrote a poem lamenting the situation. If you’d care to read it: https://fragrancethatthevioletsheds.wordpress.com/2015/12/25/110-responsibilities-enjoyments-and-expectations/


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