O my people, what have I done to you?
The Word without a word, the Word within
The world and for the world;
And the light shone in darkness and
Against the Word the unstilled world still whirled
About the centre of the silent Word.
O my people, what have I done unto thee.
~T.S. Eliot from “Ash Wednesday”
~Louis Untermeyer from “Ash Wednesday”
Who was given
within and for the world
reaches out to us unstilled
dwelling in darkness–
His loved children
who turn away,
only our ashes remain.
His touch ignites
us to light again,
His blood has
spilled across the sky.