Daily Poem for the Soul:

Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee; Not untwist– slack they may be– these last strands of man In me or, most weary, cry I can no more. I can; Can something, hope, wish day come, not choose not to be.

But ah, but O thou terrible, why wouldst thou rude on me Thy wring-world right foot rock? lay a lionlimb against me? scan With darksome devouring eyes my bruised bones? and fan, O in turns of tempest, me heaped there; me frantic to avoid thee and flee?

Why? That my chaff might fly; my grain lie, sheer and clear. Nay in all that toil, that coil, since (seems) I kissed the rod, Hand rather, my heart lo! lapped strength, stole joy, would laugh, cheer. Cheer whom though? The hero whose heaven-handling flung me, foot trod Me? or me that fought him? O which one? is it each one? That night, that year Of now done darkness I wretch lay wrestling with (my God!) my God.

-Gerard Manley Hopkins, Carrion Comfort

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