Writing Prompt 3 (30)

Now we are going to write a poem inspired by Lucille Clifton’s “How Great Thou Art”

listen. You are beyond

even Your own understanding.

that ribandrain and clay

in all its pride,

its unsteady dominion,

is not what You believed

You were,

but it is what You are;

in Your own image as some

lexicographer supposed.

the face, both he and she,

the odd ambition, the desire

to reach beyond the starts

is You. all You, all You

the loneliness, the perfect


So now we will write a poem that begins “how great thou art” and take it wherever we want.

What Others Are Saying

  1. sareini Jul 25, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I just have to say, the poetry you’ve been posting through the blogathon has been really, really thought-provoking.

  2. Ashley Johnson Jul 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Wow! This poem was very uplifting and re-iterated (in a more eloquent way, -of-course) what I tell myself and others in time of need. Love it!

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