Sunday, May 30, 2010

Quiet Sunday

I woke this morning with the song "On The Willows" from Godspell drifting through my head. Even though I haven't been to church for years Sunday morning pulls at me. While race cars go round and round the track on tv I am sitting on the couch reading poetry and looking for something...

After Psalm 137
by Anne Porter

We're still in Babylon but
We do not weep
Why should we weep?
We have forgotten
How to weep

We've sold our harps
And bought ourselves machines
That do our singing for us
And who remembers now
The songs we sang in Zion?

We have got used to exile
We hardly notice
Our captivity
For some of us
There are such comforts here
Such luxuries

Even a guard
To keep the beggars
From annoying us

Jerusalem
We have forgotten you.

"After Psalm 137" by Anne Porter, from Living Things Collected Poems. © Zoland Books, 2006.

3 comments:

Bellezza said...

Not being terribly astute in the poetry department, I have to agree that we have forgotten Zion; I should say I tend to bask in my blessings yet I never want to take them for granted. They are a gift from God, and I thank Him every day. Now I want to refresh myself on the 'real' Psalm 137. Thanks for the beautiful thoughts!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

What a wonderful way to spend a quiet Sunday. :-)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Meant to say . . . Thank you for sharing your day and the poem.