JiscMail Logo
Email discussion lists for the UK Education and Research communities

Help for POETRYETC Archives


POETRYETC Archives

POETRYETC Archives


POETRYETC@JISCMAIL.AC.UK


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

POETRYETC Home

POETRYETC Home

POETRYETC  January 2015

POETRYETC January 2015

Options

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password

Subject:

Fwd: Elidius ' credo

From:

Lawrence Upton <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

Date:

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:06:03 +0000

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (57 lines)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lawrence Upton <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 14 January 2015 at 11:35
Subject: Elidius ' credo
To: "Poetryetc: poetry and poetics" <[log in to unmask]>


It is one thing, but not one thing alone,
to say "I am a Christian", believing it;
and another to know precisely what it means.
A man who is thought wise beyond his years,
a numerate analyst, queries the counting;
suggests the deity must grow three heads.
"Three wives? No wives?! How dull. His son's mother -
she died?" No. Yes. "She stayed a virgin?
This three part male - he cannot get it up?"
An armed princeling demands "You eat your God?
I think perhaps the mistress might be ours.
She to whom we do homage. Powerful
she is. Very powerful." It is one thing
but not one thing entire to love a God
so jealous he denies all others life,
condemning them as devil. So one's taught.
Not that I've ever heard him speak aloud;
and there are bits dropped out or covered up
in my credo. I believe in my fear
and in my desire; and in my yearning wish
to be protected from malice, vengeance
and capriciousness. I would rather not have
any of the heard truths, staying ignorant,
keeping each interested entity appeased,
knowing I would have been most happy gardening
where all one does improves without decay.
Even the dismal fields beneath the soil -
Why else do worms resist the pecking birds? -
would best the stale torment of contradiction.
Let God have his churches, conquests and many words.
I would be friends with all, but I am followed
everywhere by fire which becomes bread and spirit --
which twists into descending blaze. Dear God,
let me worship that which threatens. Have faith.
I cannot separate belief from real danger.
I do not think I have ever fallen
except when sick or drunk. Let me survive.
Please give your welcome; but do not save me
and I'll attest whatever you demand;
but leave me space and time for other strengths
and for somewhere alone with my world empty.


[Elidius is one of the names of one who may have lived at some time
after the Roman period on Scilly, or, as it then seems to have been
called, Ennor. There is no evidence of him apart from the earlier name
of St Helen's island, where it is said he may have been buried, Insula
Sancti Elidii. His feast day is 8th August. Until now he has had no
hagiographer. ]

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

JiscMail Tools


RSS Feeds and Sharing


Advanced Options


Archives

January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000


JiscMail is a Jisc service.

View our service policies at https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/policyandsecurity/ and Jisc's privacy policy at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/website/privacy-notice

Secured by F-Secure Anti-Virus CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager