St Francis Preaching to the Birds
Not angels these; although Their melody and flight Subsume the world, their wings Substantiating light.
This man whom inwardness And gracious thought have blessed, Possessing nothing, knows Both ear and eye possessed.
Their being crowds against His gates of sense: to move Into the mind, where language Declares the movement love,
Though love is his, not theirs. They, living beyond reach, Indifferent to meaning, Are made anew in speech.
* Clive Wilmer, who lives in Cambridge, England, is the author of Selected Poems: 1965-1993 (Carcanet, 1995) and other volumes of verse.
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