Psalm 57
(to Charlie)

when i first saw you, you were in a blue pool –
your mother held you like you were the star
she’d followed all her life –

i was drawn to the dark of your eyes –
they were two black diamonds

i knew it was first-light
the intelligence i have sought all my life

you looked round real casual
like you were taking one last look

i think we both understood the road ahead –
the many deaths
on the road to remembrance
yet, you were strong in your choosing,
certain; this was the man, this was the woman,
this was the place, this was the time –

there is no need to say i love you

this you already know –
but i remind myself i am called to serve –
this i must never forget

to serve the highest in an other
is the greatest craft of all –

the world you enter is darkening –
(this you also know)
yet great darkness calls forth great light

nothing is certain

except the intelligence that brought you here
& it’s never ending resourcefulness –

to this i commend you

as i take my grandfatherly station
among those who stand –
those who love –

those who serve

Kevin Moran 30/12/08

Whakapapa: I wrote this after the birth of my grandson Charlie. I had waited outside my daughter Sita & her husband Andrew’s house while Annette assisted the midwives with the home birth. It was a wonderful experience seeing this wee man with my daughter who had only just given birth. I was particularly struck by his eyes & the way he was looking around. The psalm has similarities to William Wordsworth’s Ode to Immortality. Wordsworth believed we come from God & return to God. I share Wordsworth’s belief.

‘Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: / The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, / Hath had elsewhere its setting, / And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness,/ And not in utter nakedness, / But trailing clouds of glory do we come / From God, who is our home: / Heaven lies about us in our infancy!’

William Wordsworth: Ode to Immortality.

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