O Taste and See

— vincent hiscock

It seems to me of late that I have fallen into each new year with the good faith that the precipitate of old thoughts and unremembered reasonings will have stayed faithful to me, will have seen me through and treated me well. Each new season arrives like a serious whim. And so I hope for many anew happy fall. Falling again into the world, we are nourished in a transubstantiation that is the promise of all experience and are thereby transformed. Transformed knowledge, transforming mind. Is this the prayer we echo into an unnameable earth? Failing to hear in communicable terms–at the sounding-point, in the deeps of our existence–we can yet affirm the truth of this sea of things. It is good.

O Taste and See

The world is
not with us enough.
O taste and see

the subway Bible poster said,
meaning The Lord, meaning
if anything all that lives
to the imagination’s tongue,
grief, mercy, language,
tangerine, weather, to
breathe them, bite,
savor, chew, swallow, transform

into our flesh our
deaths, crossing the street, plum, quince,
living in the orchard and being

hungry, and plucking
the fruit.

— Denise Levertov

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