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    detail from Francois painting by Bruce Herman

    Poem: Ordinary Saints

    Malcolm Guite

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    • Teresa Serenith

      Thank you.

    • Adriana

      Beautiful.

    • Ann Schrooten

      I saw him face to face. He was my son Jack. www.jack-schrooten.blogspot.com

    • Sonya Palumbo

      Thank you for sharing your work with us. The line , "Who will unveil the presence, glimpse the gold That is and always was our common ground, Stretch out a finger, feel, along the fold To find the flaw, to touch and search that wound From which the light we never noticed fell Into our lives? " shown through to my heart.

    The ordinary saints, the ones we know,
    Our too-familiar family and friends,
    When shall we see them? Who can truly show
    Whilst still rough-hewn, the God who shapes our ends?
    Who will unveil the presence, glimpse the gold
    That is and always was our common ground,
    Stretch out a finger, feel, along the fold
    To find the flaw, to touch and search that wound
    From which the light we never noticed fell
    Into our lives? Remember how we turned
    To look at them, and they looked back? That full-
    -eyed love unselved us, and we turned around,
    Unready for the wrench and reach of grace.
    But one day we will see them face to face.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Francois painting by Bruce Herman Bruce Herman, François, 2014 Artwork used by permission of the artist
    The artist Bruce Herman and poet Malcolm Guite, along with composer J.A.C. Redford, are collaborating on a multimedia project called Ordinary Saints. The project, which began with paintings the artist made to work through the unexpected death of both his parents, includes linked poems, paintings, and music that will eventually be presented as a book, and exhibition tour, and public performances.
    Contributed By Poet and singer-songwriter Malcolm Guite Malcolm Guite

    Malcom Guite is a poet, priest, and lead singer and guitarist for the blues-rock band Mystery Train.

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