St. Gregory of Nazianzus

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St. Gregory of Nazianzus, 35" x 60", Oil on Panel, by Melissa Carmon

ST GREGORY OF NAZIANZUS

"May You be benevolent, You, the Hereafter of all things."

I had once forgotten
That darkness that knows no walls
No locks no doors
Sand in wind
pulling apart matter  
Darkness that mocks  
Darkness that masks
a lurking terror  

But now, what a calm sea--
Never mind the embroilment of emperors  
Never mind those who step
Out of a chorus  
With tongues like blades
And stone arrows
Chipped away and carved by hand
Never mind the pressures and  
Private heresies of being misunderstood  
By masses  

The darkness is deep and one cannot pay  
Ones way to be freed  
the waking world
Oh it glitters and shines  
But the abyss of nothingness yawns  

I'm looking for the one thing 

Blood saves blood.  
And you, the beautiful one  
Desire of ages
Life

On the horizon line of time  
The whole of humanity looks to you
Like a hungry animal
We knew there were powers beyond us
We could feel them  
In the woods  
Riding the sky
Writhing in cruelty behind  
The look in someone's eye 

Yes all we knew were Caesars  
The din of weapons, the failure of men,
the sorrow of women,  
Streets filled with indecent statues
Frozen in immovable stone 

Oh only lover of mankind  

I can breathe easy now  
the terror of the night  
the arrow that flies by day  
They lodged in your palms  
And out bled life
When the western sky turned to rose
I knew that instead of nightfall  
It meant the dawn 

In a world washed clean
Everything that we had hoped for
Which hurt
Has begun to breathe again

All we thought was lost, 
Especially one another  
First found in an inkling
Second in prayer
And third in resurrection  

All that should not have happened but happened still
I've set free with open hands
The sunlight looks different here
And the sand on the wind of time
does not blow near me
And the ones marked with blood sleep at last in peace
Even in this world, beneath bowers of leaves, on hard palettes, in down beds

I'm looking for the one thing
Blood saves blood.  
And you, the Beautiful One  
Desire of ages
Christ  

Historical Information:  Gregory of Nazianzus (330 CE- 390 CE) is one of the three Capadocian Fathers, along with Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa.  A dear friend of Basil, St. Gregory of Nazianzus had a temperament suited to solitude.  He served briefly as a Bishop, but preferred to live a solitary life where he pursued monasticism.  A man of great intellect and sensitivity, he is well known for his theological works and his poetry. 

Melissa Carmon