bearings after Litany by Billy Collins You bore yourself in us and we, we quite forget ourselves we claim to see just where You are not you wait always to be found You have been in so many places dawns, dew, bread, wine, even pine-scented air (none exclusively) we lose track of you just as we grasp for You we may be ever so devout yet barren, arid, deserted You know this is not as you have left us Sometimes we remember this with you with - us - in - each - breath - uncovered where you always are as we bear ourselves to You A. H / K. H-H (30th September 2019 & May 2020)
Originally written at a workshop, we looked at Litany and discussed Crickillon whom he takes his first two lines from and who inspired him to react to in his discussion of a beloved. I can’t find that poem in English. Perhaps like Collins I am also disagreeing with what I’ve read, or saying something else more than disagreeing, and wonder how to put my acknowledgement. I wrote this at a time I was reading a lot of Rumi and for me the beloved here has more resonance (as Crickillon’s lines also made me wonder).
I posted it as xxvi (’19) but have since made some revisions to layout and gave it this title and acknowledgement. In updating I seem to have deleted the original post from last October somehow, technology. I’ve included it in a pamphlet I’ve drafted that I’ve called ‘readings’, which I am deciding what to do with.