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The Beginning of Wisdom (Proverbs 9.-10)

by Denise Levertov

You have brought me so far.

I know so much.  Names, verbs, images.  My mind
overflows, a drawer that can’t close.

Unscathed among the tortured.  Ignorant parchment
uninscribed, light strokes only, where a scribe
tried out a pen.

I am so small, a speck of dust
moving across the huge world.  The world
a speck of dust in the universe.

Are you holding
the universe?  You hold
onto my smallness.  How do you grasp it,
how does it not
slip away?

I know so little.

You have brought me so far.

Read at St. Lydia’s on September 11, 2011

Posted in: Poems

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