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Poem: “Holy Spirit”

Holy Spirit

By Patrick T. Reardon

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Holy Spirit (in caps),

aka Holy Ghost, aka Paraclete.

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With Father and Jesus = Trinity. 

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In art, dove,

like the one that left the ark,

came back with green twig,

like dove over the Jordan

and the water over the Son.

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The beloved’s eyes in Song of Songs

were doves.

Before wolves, “innocent as doves.”

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Dove = peace.

Not eagle, warrior of the air.

No meek sparrow.

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Aka Giver of Life, Breath of Life, 

Wisdom and Understanding.

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For Father, think Cosmos, all Nature,

Big Bang to atomic geography, overarching.

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For Jesus, a guy you could meet.

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Holy Spirit = sweet inspiration.

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Dove = flight,

a flittering, ignoring gravity, riding breezes,

always whispering,

the still, small voice, the gentle breathing,

the soft itch of silence that Elijah heard.

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Aka Comforter.

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Dove = insight,

wonder of surprise.

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Dove, sometimes called she.

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Patrick T. Reardon

5.3.22

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This poem was originally published by Calla Press on 4.1.22.

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