Denise Levertov

(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997 / Ilford, Essex)

The Avowal - Poem by Denise Levertov

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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