That All, which always is all everywhere

Not that we think he is confined to us,
Locked in the box of our religious rites,
Or curtained by these frail cathedral walls,
No church is broad or creed compendious 
Enough. All thought’s a narrowing of sites.
Before him every definition fails,
Words fall and flutter into emptiness,
Like motes of dust within his spaciousness.

Not that we summon him, but that he lends
The very means whereby he might be known,
Till this opacity of stone on stone, 
This trace of light and music on the air,
This sacred space itself becomes a lens
To sense his presence who is everywhere.

Bruce Herman, Behind School Street, 1984 Used by permission.