Welcome to 31 Days of Poetry & Writing Prompts–Day 2.
It’s Sunday, the first day of a brand new week, and also the last day of this lovely fall weekend. I’ll keep Sunday posts short. Today’s poem talks a little about what matters most to me, which is being at one with the living God, living as a creature in His house.
In the following poem, D.H. Lawrence ushers us into a cozy living room where a cat sleeps in a chair. I feel like I’m there, even though I am not a cat person. Growing up in the country with numerous litters of quick-to-wander-off-and-die cats tends to make one “not a cat person”.
But when the poem begins, suddenly I’m the cat asleep on the chair, yawning before the fire, with a deep calm in my heart. At one with the master of the house. Which is everything. Enjoy…
by D.H. Lawrence
All that matters is to be at one with the living God
to be a creature in the house of the God of Life.
Like a cat asleep on a chair
at peace, in peace
and at one with the master of the house, with the mistress,
at home, at home in the house of the living,
sleeping on the hearth, and yawning before the fire.
Sleeping on the hearth of the living world
yawning at home before the fire of life
feeling the presence of the living God
like a great reassurance
a deep calm in the heart
as of a master sitting at the board
in his own and greater being,
in the house of life.
But as for me, it is good to be near God. Psalm 73:28
Write about what matters most.