Friday, June 16, 2017

Augustinian Valentine

It’s hard to reconcile
The Christ of the gospels
With Augustine’s earthbound
Cosmology for which his own
Torn life provided the ground
To turn away from vision
As a real experience and
Stick with intellect alone
He goes as far as Plato
Can carry him to explain
Why he abandoned the woman
And son he loved with a shrug
Of his Manichaean pen
And centuries of piety
And terror ensued
While the gospels were still
Not read not published
Our first Faust he was
Only looking in a mirror

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