Seeing for a Moment by Denise Levertov
This poem by Denise Levertov (d. 1997) is a good follow-up to the post on C.S. Lewis. Levertov had the Jewish-Christian scriptures working around in her head all her life. As an adult she converted to Catholicism.
Seeing for a Moment
I thought I was growing wings—
it was a cocoon.
I thought, now is the time to step
into the fire—
it was deep water.
Eschatology is a word I learned
as a child: the study of Last Things;
facing my mirror—no longer young,
the news—always of death,
the dogs—rising from sleep and clamoring
and howling, howling,
I see for a moment
that’s not it: it is
the First Things.
Word after word
floats through the glass.