Thanks to my good friend Chris W., who I consider to be a great writer in wait of a wider audience, for sending me the following poem by Robinson Jeffers. If only so many in our “Christian” nation could see the world through Jeffers’ eyes, instead of through the narrow, hateful eyes of the latter-day Pharisees.
The Excesses of God
Is it not by his high superfluousness we know
Our God? For to equal a need
Is natural, animal, mineral: but to fling
Rainbows over the rain
And beauty above the moon, and secret rainbows
On the domes of deep sea-shells,
And make the necessary embrace of breeding
Beautiful also as fire,
Not even the weeds to multiply without blossom
Nor the birds without music:
There is the great humaneness at the heart of things,
The extravagant kindness, the fountain
Humanity can understand, and would flow likewise
If power and desire were perch-mates.