Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Canto 12

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Canto 12

Article excerpt

Lightning's no easy light to see alive reflecting

Joseph's mind : No magic bottle holds it nor do I

Believe it possible, try as I will to engage in mirrors

As images : how can I imagine what ignited flashing glass

As Joseph fell through the window of his martyrdom?

Keen shards, bright glints, encrypted revelations

Yet to be told but not by him. More foretelling

Could only be by those who followed him in faith,

Believing he had passed all means of streaming

Insights from God to those of Holy Priesthood

Who sign and signal and see expanding explanations

Like ringing lights tossed childlike upon a pond,

Its surface broken as if by diamonds flung

From a steady hand downward like radiant hail

To intervene in man's mind, sheer miracles

Mirroring prophecies like drops of God's thoughts

Ringing outward concentric reflections,

Creating waves, interference patterns

Of affirmations emerging in convergence,

Laws far beyond the child, man, but delighting

In a whee & a squeal dizzily reflecting ourselves,

The simple act engendered by prayers answered

In surprises, secret toys that instruct,

Not the no-nonsense-lessons of a schoolmarm

Strictly teaching with love-taps that sting,

But rather like a rainbow finding a lovely bowl

Of Cherries at its fingertips, a pond

Flaming sundown and shadow,

A drink that cools but never burns the tongue. …

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