Friday, March 8, 2013

the smallest word

Of all that God has shown me
I can speak just the smallest word,
Not more than a honey bee
Takes on his foot
From an overspilling jar.

— Mechtild of Magdeburg (13th c)
[translated by Jane Hirshfield]Mechtild of Magdeburg, “Of all that God has shown me,” translated by Jane Hirshfield, from Women in Praise of the Sacred. Copyright 1994 by Jane Hirshfield.