Denise Levertov: In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being

LÉO GAUSSON (1860-1944), Paysage aux environs de Lagny, l’église de Conches, signed and dated ‘Leo Gausson 1887’ (lower left), oil on canvas, 15 x 18 1⁄8 in. (38.1 x 46.1 cm.), Painted in 1887, Image Source: Christie’s
 “In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being”

Birds afloat in air’s current,
sacred breath? No, not breath of God,
it seems, but God
the air enveloping the whole
globe of being.
It’s we who breathe, in, out, in, the sacred,
leaves astir, our wings
rising, ruffled—but only saints
take flight. We cower
in cliff-crevice or edge out gingerly
on branches close to the nest. The wind
marks the passage of holy ones riding
that ocean of air. Slowly their wake
reaches us, rocks us.
But storm or still,
numb or poised in attention,
we inhale, exhale, inhale,
encompassed, encompassed.

Denise Levertov

Hat Tip

Many thanks to Sister Renee at Lavish Mercy who introduced me to this poem in her post, Witness for ?

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Denise Levertov at The Poetry Foundation

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LÉO GAUSSON: Paysage aux environs de Lagny, l’église de Conches (1887)

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~Sunnyside

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita Bacha says:

    Awesome image and beautiful poem, Sunny. I love ❤️ .

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    1. I am so pleased you enjoyed this, Anita. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

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      1. Anita Bacha says:

        A pleasure,Sunny. I did enjoy.

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    1. I am pleased you like this, Anna. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  2. ruth says:

    Beautiful painting and poetry! Love them!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I am so pleased you enjoy them, ruth! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  3. Ashley says:

    A wonderful painting and Levertov’s poem is beautiful. 🌹🙋‍♂️

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    1. I am pleased you enjoyed these, too, Ashley. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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