He Does Not Need Your Sacrifice

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“He does not need our sacrifices,
He asks for our selves.”
Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island

Your sacrifice is like
the breath
of the sparrow
in the roiling storm.

It is not needed
but pleasing in its
simplicity.

When you peel away
your small, feathered
soul, when
you stretch your thin
lungs to sing
your hymn of self-
immolation,

remember that
it is not necessary,
no, not at all,

but still pleasing is
the purity of
your song.

(25 Feb 2012)

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2 thoughts on “He Does Not Need Your Sacrifice

  1. This poem, Steven, has given me pause. I am going to have to think about it for awhile. The quote from Merton is wonderful, of course. But then you go on to talk about a real sacrifice, a song of self immolation. I suspect you are trying to see that sacrifice for spiritual reasons is not really sacrifice at all, but a discovery of God. Some of the language in here is truly wonderful:
    the breath
    of the sparrow
    in the roiling storm.

    and

    When you peel away
    your small, feathered
    soul,

    Wow!

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