POETRY: The Beginning Of Wisdom by Denise Levertov

The Beginning Of Wisdom by Denise Levertov

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

You have brought me so far.

I know so much. Names, verbs, images. My mind
overflows, a drawer that can’t close

Unscathed among the tortured. Ignorant parchment
uninscribed, light strokes only, where a scribe
tried out a pen.

I am so small, a speck of dust
moving across the huge world. The world
a speck of dust in the universe.

Are you holding
the universe? You hold
only my smallness. How do you grasp it,
how does it not
slip away?

I know so little.

You have brought me so far.

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