Angel of Healing

(August 03, 2016)

Angel of Healing
Every disease is a work of art
If you play it rightly. Of course. it hurts
like hell, but it can be used
as a reminder that your mind
is not on his business, which is 'now',
however painful. Novalis knew
that all illness requires a musical cure.

By this he meant: whatever the form
imposed by arthritis, gout,
your job's to compose yourself round about
its formal restrictions, and make that sing,
even to death. And all that pain?
Messengers from your beloved to say
'wait for me, darling, I'm on my way!'

Gwyneth Lewis

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