Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Stony Places

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Stony Places

Article excerpt

Very bold,

I saw a star fall from heaven,

Kindle a fire in the valley of decision.

There could be nothing upon earth

So exquisite

Singing and making melody

From everlasting to everlasting-

I am of perfect beauty.

Then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth

Away any human soul, sore cursing

"The stars shall withdraw their shining."

Dashed to pieces,

Heart fainted within many deep wounds

The stone shall cry out

Of the dust in the darkest abyss

Nothing in me like unto crystal.

Then cometh the Son of God to redeem all:

"What will ye that I should do

That ye may have light in your vessels?"

Touch these stones, O Lord, with thy finger.

The Lord stretched forth his hand and touched

The stones one by one, promising

Herein is glory and honor, and

Immortality and eternal life.

Dumb stone, what I tell you in darkness,

That speak ye in light.

Compass yourselves about with sparks

Out of the good treasure of the heart

For I am able to make you holy

When I make up my jewels

Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you-

And as many as touched were molten matchless.1

[Footnote]

1. "Found poetry" incorporates words, phrases, and lines from other sources-in this case, the Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine & Covenants-in order to give them new meaning. …

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