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Denise Levertov - The Avowal

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spiritís deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace. 

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Poet: Denise Levertov
Poem: The Avowal

Comment 3 of 3, added on September 21st, 2011 at 2:50 PM.

I just discovered this poem today, and I have undertaken to set it to music.

Timothy Williams from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on April 13th, 2011 at 3:13 PM.
Levertov Poem Avowal

Ever since my first reading of this tribute to George Herbert I have cherished it as it is, but I wish I could have asked Denise Levertov whether she would agree that two more words of her final line would convey an even deeper meaning. She writes "no effort earns" and I would ask her to consider a parenthesis "or loses" that all-surrounding grace.

Howard Hunter from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on October 1st, 2005 at 4:18 PM.

All the metaphors operate in the same direction. If you wish to achieve grace, the message is don't try. Be open and willing. It is like a surgeon keeping his hand still by not trying to keep it still.

B. Love from United States

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