03 August 2014

Agape

Love Feast in a Fresco of a banquet at a tomb in the Catacomb
of Saints 
Marcellinus and PeterVia LabicanaRome.


Example me Love, I don’t know
it or its eager openness.

You say Dog, but do dogs know love
unconditional and godly?

Dogs banquet on all things alike
and are loyal to very few.

Unlike a Madonna, a man-
god mother drawn in opposition.

To What Is, as if anyone dared
be as vulnerable as that.

And survive.  But perhaps Love is
unworldly, supernatural?

Or in-worldly, sub-earth, central
as in the wishful heart of us?

Such purity we imagine
can both exist and care for us?

Say Yes to Holy Trinity
you advise,  Heart, mind and body.

Example me picking up frag-
ments and forming the love cup.

Joining together to pass it
around and watch Love overflow.



Posted for Poets United Poetry Pantry #212
after reading Richard Rohr's Daily Medication 
Copyright © 2014  S.L.Chast 




18 comments:

Mary said...

To be loved with heart, mind, and body certainly is the deepest kind of love. To love with heart, mind, and body is the same. When this happens, it is perfection. I don't know if dogs know love, but I do know that they love unconditionally. Thought-provoking words, Susan.

Old Pine said...

Too much obfuscation for me.

Brian Miller said...

love, perhaps one day we will learn how to live it

was wondering if i was going to see you again after wednesday.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

love these lines . . . Or in-worldly, sub-earth, central as in the wishful heart of us?

Myrna R. said...

Nice meditation. Guess we can all give examples of love but can't fully define it. Nice that you were inspired by Richard Rhor. He's very wise. I like his spirit and his mind.

R.K. Garon said...

Whoa! perfect experience, I think of Holy... I sincerely belive we should understand the blessing of "In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in the Mother, Amen! Wouldn't that complete the Holy Cycle... for God's sake :-)

humbird said...

I think it's simple and deep in same time... :)xx

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Sigh. I just checked the news and heard "Christians living in Iraq are facing a genocide." SO HARD to keep hearts open, hold onto hope........and yet there is no other way to live. I actually would love to retreat into the wilderness with a pack of dogs, at this point. The last few weeks have been brutal, news-wise. But aside from that, your poem is wonderful and awesomely written, kiddo!

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

the fragments forming the love cup - such a wonderful image - beautifully written - K

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

http://anjumwasimdar.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/in-response-to-susan-chasts-poem-agape-loves-visit-a-presence/

oldegg said...

I think love is giving, caring, undemanding and not necessarily unworldly. It fills a need both of the giver and the recipient but demands nothing in return. We are loved for we are, not what we might be. However we each have our own understanding and why not try to be a model of openness too.

Sumana Roy said...

that's the highest kind of love that Jesus embraced the world with...but who is following Jesus?...just imagine turning the other cheek when slapped on one...and to renounce what one has and follow Him..very very difficult...nice lines...

sreeja harikrishnan said...

this is wonderful as love itself....so simple and so very deep.......

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I like the way you brought it to an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion. :)

love HAPPY Notes said...

I love the hope of picking up the fragments of the love-cup that it may overflow.

Björn Rudberg said...

I think agape -- the unconditional love has to be the hardest thing you can live by... there are always those we would love less.. there are actions of love that need to be taken... and in the end we have to question what our reason for this love is...

Enigma said...

Beautiful and vivid. :)

Kim Nelson said...

Your poem suggests the complexity of the topic so well. Your construction is highly effective. Love... so simple, yet difficult for so many.