25 October 2016

Of Translation and Blueprints and Love

'Contained' Crazy Quilt LACMA M.88.86.2
"Contained" Crazy Quilt

Blueprints are visual, words are aural
you say, explaining that the Bible says
In the beginning was the blueprint, not
In the beginning was the word.  You say
eternal patterning contains the all
of us, and I flash on Simplicity
patterns that guided making dresses once
before blueprint projections described set 
design and guided building them in time. 

I recall watching my brother construct
his model cars and planes from plastic parts,
decals and sticky glue I could not touch
while he followed instructions carefully.
But I took words—more finite on this earth—
and stretched their borders without restriction,
quilted the scraps between pattern pieces
and built fantasy cars from skeletons
of prescribed and punched out plastic car parts.

               Can you co-create spiritually
(with words and spaces in between) when tied
to blueprints?  Yes.  I know.  We want icons
with pointers to direct us toward love.
We want a solid base to cure evil
and point us toward love, and God gives this
through prophets and incarnations and words.
We're free to hear them, to follow (or not),
or to construct their temples as we're taught.

Inspired by The Blueprint, a daily meditation
from Monday, October 24, 2016 by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM 
at the Center for Action and Contemplation.

 My blog poems are rough drafts. 
Please respect my copyright.

© 2016 Susan L. Chast

1 comment:

Martin Kloess said...

Your words are beautiful and true