“i am a little church…”

“i am a little church (no great cathedral) far from the splendor and squalor of hurrying cities — i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest, i am not sorry when sun and rain make april.  my life is the life of the reaper and the sower; my prayers are prayers of earth’s own clumsily striving (finding and losing and laughing and crying) children whose any sadness or joy is my grief or my gladness.  around me surges a miracle of unceasing birth and glory and death and resurrection: over my sleeping self float flaming symbols of hope, and i wake to a perfect patience of mountains.

i am a little church (far from the frantic world with its rapture and anguish) at peace with nature –i  do not worry if longer nights grow longest; i am not sorry when silence becomes singing.  winter by spring, i lift my diminutive spire to merciful Him Whose only now is forever: standing erect in the deathless truth of His presence (welcoming humbly His light and proudly His darkness)”

E.E. Cummings