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An Imperfect Life

poetry by Fr. Harold Macdonald

The Series

Ashes to Easter




The Prism


The Being of God is infinitely good.

This, a fundamental optimism:

the good, infinity and Being - a prism,

God at the heart. See! If we only could!

Or look at Jesus Christ, eternal Word.

Prismatically, in flesh, God came to stay

the three-fold Self of God is formed in clay

to Jews a stumbling block, to Greeks absurd.

How God can concentrate the Self! To fit

the need, to find the lost, to raise the dead

to infuse the wine; to inhabit bread

to give GodSelf for sinners, every bit!

The more God gives away the more God gains,

God gives the total Self, and yet the Gift remains.