A Poem by Denise Levertov

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 Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.

For Carolyn Kizer and John Woodbridge,
Recalling Our Celebration of the 300th Birthday of George Herbert, 1983

This poem was read by Fr. Dean Pinter as part of morning prayers during The Enneagram Retreat, June 29, 2019, from a copy of The Stream and The Saphire, available from New Directions Publishing.

”The Avowal” By Denise Levertov, from OBLIQUE PRAYERS, copyright ©1984 by Denise Levertov. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.