Friday 3rd July – Icon of the Day
And having built it
I set about furnishing it
To my taste: first moss, the grass
Annually renewed, and animals
To divert me: faces stared in
From the wild. I thought up the flowers
Then birds. I found the bacteria
Sheltering in the primordial\darkness and called them forth
To the light. Quickly the earth
Teemed. Yet still an absence
Disturbed me. I slept and dreamed
Of a likeness, fashioning it,
When I woke, to a slow
Music; in love with it
For itself, giving it freedom
To love me; risking the disappointment
‘Making’ by R S Thomas
Image: The Creation of Adam [detail] - fresco painted circa 1511 by Michelangelo (1475–1564) - Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome.
In St Mary’s prayer cycle for June 2020, today we recall Thomas the Apostle – and that although we have not seen the risen Christ we will believe.
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