Sunday, 20 June 2010

As The Ruin Falls

I'm conscious it's been some time since I posted a poem, so have looked around for something suitable and discovered this by the novelist and Christian theologian C S Lewis. Best known for creating Narnia, Lewis also wrote a number of books on apologetics as well as Science Fiction epic, The Cosmic Trilogy.

This poem is about Love and the writer's inability to truly understand it until it was too late.

As The Ruin Falls by C S Lewis

All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through:
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin:
I talk of love —a scholar's parrot may talk Greek—
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

Only that now you have taught me (but how late) my lack,
I see the chasm. And everything you are was making
My heart into a bridge by which I might get back
From exile, and grow man. And now the bridge is breaking.

For this I bless you as the ruin falls. The pains
You give me are more precious than all other gains.


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