December 30th, 2013

Symeon the New Theologian - The fire rises in me

The fire rises in me

by Symeon the New Theologian

English version by Ivan M. Granger
Original Language Greek

The fire rises in me,
     and lights up my heart.
Like the sun!
Like the golden disk!
Opening, expanding, radiant --
     Yes!
     -- a flame!

I say again:
     I don't know
     what to say!

I'd fall silent
-- If only I could --
but this marvel
     makes my heart leap,
it leaves me open mouthed
     like a fool,

urging me
     to summon words
     from my silence.


-- from Real Thirst: Poetry for the Spiritual Journey,by Ivan M. Granger.

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