Erin Belieu

(1967 - / Ohama / Nebraska)

In Ecstasy

Poem by Erin Belieu

at the altarpiece of Saint Teresa

No need to be coy—
you know what
she's doing


And so did Bernini,
when he found Teresa
in the full-throttle of
her divine vision,
caught her at it,

carving this surrender
so fluidly you expect
the impossible:

for her tang to swell up, ripe
as seafoam, from the gulf
of her flushed and falling
figure. Perhaps this is how

God comes to us,
or should come to us, all:

the bluntly and
beautifully corporeal at

prayers in the Sunday
school of pleasure. Why

shouldn't He come to us
as He did to Teresa? A saint

on her back—
a girl tearing open
the gift He gave her?


Comments about In Ecstasy by Erin Belieu

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/29/2020 11:09:00 AM)

    God comes to us,
    or should come to us, all:
    the bluntly and
    beautifully corporeal at
    prayers in the Sunday...The Almighty 'God and human expectations. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/29/2020 8:14:00 AM)

    Teresa, the sain
    The greatest philanthropic saint
    On this earth
    Served her life to teach the entire world to live peacefully... On her admiration this poem is praiseworthy.. Beautiful poem is penned(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/29/2020 6:40:00 AM)

    Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the modern poem of the poem of the day for second time,(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/6/2020 12:34:00 AM)

    Why

    shouldn't He come to us
    as He did to Teresa? A saint

    on her back—
    a girl tearing open
    the gift He gave her? beautiful. st. theresa and the poor. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/4/2019 6:25:00 AM)

    And so did Bernini,
    when he found Teresa
    in the full-throttle of
    her divine vision,
    caught her at it, about st. Theresa and her mystical ideas and experiernce. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/29/2019 9:38:00 AM)

    The gift He gave her! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Ranjyson (3/29/2019 8:17:00 AM)

    THINK ABOUT IT…..
    -I freelance over the internet and earn about 90-95$ an hour. I was without a job for 6 months but last month my paycheck with big fat bonus was $18000 just working on my computer from my home for 4-5 hours. Here's what i have been doing...

    ►►►►►►►► http: //www.Geosalary.com(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/29/2019 5:32:00 AM)

    The words had the feel of old ways and thoughts. A wonderful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/29/2019 1:38:00 AM)

    A great tribute to Saint Terresa as also a great flight of imagery employed in modern style, worthy of modern poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/6/2019 12:22:00 AM)

    Why

    shouldn't He come to us
    as He did to Teresa? A saint

    on her back—
    a girl tearing open
    the gift He gave her? ecstatic rapture...... a fine poem and a meditation. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/29/2018 3:39:00 PM)

    Her autobiography, describes an angel with a golden spear who: appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and... to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; ... The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. [Teresa expresses her intense desire for God in the language of bridal mysticism'- [ passion]]
    [ http: //www.visual-arts-cork.com/sculpture/ecstasy-of-saint-teresa.htm ](Report)Reply

    Lantz PierreLantz Pierre(3/29/2019 1:00:00 AM)

    Wow, what prudery. The word S-E-X is censored from my response below. O-R-G-A-S-M redacted. C-L-I-T-O-R-I-S unallowed. This site is unbelievably regressive. Art without explicit vocabulary. BullS_H_I_T! ! !

    Lantz PierreLantz Pierre(3/29/2019 12:55:00 AM)

    Susie, c'mon, all the ethereal religious mumbo-jumbo is cover for the earthly carnal delights of. Pure and simple. are a fact. Religion is all about metaphors for the real life we live here on earth. Diddling the, penetrative, these are attainable ecstasies.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/29/2018 3:32:00 PM)

    To represent the true intensity of Teresa's experience, Bernini shows her swooning in near- rapture, with eyes closed and mouth open, and both her visible limbs hanging limp.... The childlike angel looks lovingly at Teresa as he prepares to pierce her heart with his spear of divine love, completing her mystical union with God see www.visualarts-cork.com/sculpture/ecstasy-of-saint-teresa.htm(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/29/2018 3:24:00 PM)

    The statue depicts an event of religious ecstasy in the life of the nun Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) . Belieu meant this to be religious art but it looks like Teresa was having an instead of an intense moment of divine joy. Many people were outraged at how he depicted her holy experience.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (3/29/2018 10:34:00 AM)

    A great tribute Saint Teresa. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (3/29/2018 8:44:00 AM)

    Tang? Overlooking that and what appears an unnecessary extra space between the first and second stanzas, I like this poem—its brevity, fresh and vivid phrasing, its wondering. As to what appears her salacious interpretation of the sculpture, I’d be interested to sit across from her over coffee or tea to converse on that. And I’d like Bernini there as well. -GK(Report)Reply

    Lantz PierreLantz Pierre(3/29/2018 10:47:00 AM)

    I would happily be the fly on the wall for that. I like her salacious take. Bernini was more likely familiar with the look of earthly ecstasy than heavenly rapture. Belieu seems a bit over-angry in the bulk of her other work though. I bet the conversation would be lively, and maybe a little contentious. I interpret the tang reference as (feminist) pejorative. The angel holds an arrow, not a knife.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/29/2018 5:56:00 AM)

    S great tribute to Saint Teresa nicely presented. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (3/29/2018 4:07:00 AM)

    She is the tone of admiration and look of ecstasy for every occasion........Saint Teresa was she....a great tribute
    indeed.......thanks for sharing....10(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/20/2016 6:17:00 AM)

    Outstanding tribute to Saint Teresa. Thanks for sharing.10 points.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 20, 2016


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