Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

In my parents' arms, fifty years ago
The humble useful water then did flow
July the last was sunny, warm
The formless took the cross's form
As proteins by which life does run -
(The twenty writ by three-in-one
From three-gig excerpts) - shapes-to-be
Which love and hate the boundless sea,
Yet on their own cannot attain
Their end, till God does pour His rain.

As once the Jordan did rejoice
And was heard the Father's voice
At flood-end did the Dove rehearse
As John submitted to reverse
By baptizing Baptism's Lord:
On Hydro-Gen was water poured -
Thus water a new shape was laid
All fountains then were holy made,
A death to end death, Adam's cure,
To give a shape which can endure:

And so the water poured on me
And gave a shape no one can see
Though voiceless others spoke for me
And each Easter I do agree

To renounce Satan and his works
To run from sin which near me lurks;
Attest the Father and His Son
Mary's child, by His cross won;
Spirit from the Two proceeding;
One holy Church, to Him leading,
And the rest which that Church teaches,
Through the grave this pathway reaches.

Now half a century has passed,
The dark and light, the slow and fast,
What more I must yet sow or reap
God help me in that shape to keep.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
St. Peter Canisius, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Oh Mary,
cause of our joy,
seat of wisdom,
help of Christians,
queen of the universe,
pray for us.

July 31 (my baptismal day) 2005



At 01 August, 2005 11:54, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have shared your grace, again, Dr. T, with yet another beautiful prayer of thanks...
There is no telling how many souls you may end up rescuing and inspiring with such affirming acknowledgements of God's Infinite Truths.


At 01 August, 2005 15:17, Blogger Robert Pearson said...

Dear Dr., was thinking about you yesterday as I knelt in prayer in the Chapel at our local Shrine of St. Therese. I hope and pray for my own baptismal day next year.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful poem.

At 03 August, 2005 10:37, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Permission, requested, to reproduce your wonderful work and make a magnet to display in my office for my coworkers to enjoy- of course, at this rate, Doctor, at some time in the near future you may have to be assigned your own classification number...


At 03 August, 2005 11:22, Blogger Dr. Thursday said...

Hopefully it will be either an imaginary or a complex number.

Preferably imaginary.

At 03 August, 2005 11:24, Blogger Dr. Thursday said...

Oh, and yes - you may go ahead and use this for your own personal use and enjoyment... If you want to publish, however, we should talk.

At 03 August, 2005 12:05, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking of 282.811... two main subjects combined to make a new category especially for you- a poet of God's Truth...
I'm getting an uh-oh sense here...

Whenever you're ready, Sir...


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