Heaven-Haven

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This poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins has spoken to me ever since I first read it when I was 17.

Heaven-haven

(a nun takes the veil)

I HAVE desired to go
      Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail
    And a few lilies blow.
 
    And I have asked to be         5
      Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
    And out of the swing of the sea.

 

It speaks to me of a mind and heart that seek sanctuary from itself and peace where peace inside cannot be found.

I’d like it read at my funeral.

by Viv

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