[A simple definition of a mystic is one who seeks to experience God or the Transcendent. Many of the greatest mystics have shared some of those experiences through poetry. This is one a series of posts to share a spiritual poem and several quotations that have to do with some of the great themes of mystical writers and saints. Emily Dickinson and Carl Sandburg are just two of what I call ‘merican Mystics. Like the Bible and countless poets and mystics before her, the poet speaks of meeting God in nature. Your suggestions about other ‘merican Mystics are most welcome.]
Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church
“Some keep the Sabbath going to Church —
I keep it, staying at Home —
With a Bobolink for a Chorister —
And an Orchard, for a Dome —
Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice —
I just wear my Wings —
And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church,
Our little Sexton — sings.
God preaches, a noted Clergyman —
And the sermon is never long,
So instead of getting to Heaven, at last —
I’m going, all along.”
Behavior is what a man does,
not what he thinks, feels, or believes.
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.
Saying nothing sometimes says the most.
The soul should always stand ajar,
ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
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