Jesus and the Sufis believe God is “Love” –
And it’s hard to disagree –
But, for now, I want to speak about “Beauty.”
Older adjectives for God included “Power” or “Knowledge”
Especially in the more ancient patriarchal brands –
All these go low.
Presently, though, I prefer “Love” or “Truth” –
While, like I said, I want God to be experienced as “Beautiful”
With a “knock your socks off” look –
When we do take a look.
Can’t we agree that people dedicated to Beauty
Are God’s people –
People who bring live beauty into the world –
Who’re as natural as Nature –
And possess the openness of children.
Beauty is like the first appearance of Spring –
A “natural” gesture –
A spontaneous smile.
The most valuable, aching, type of beauty,
Is the kind that’s just on the verge of disappearing –
Like cherry blossoms – falling –
A kingfisher’s flash dive into the lake –
Or a kindly memory surfacing later on in a well-lived life.
In essence, Love “reflects” Beauty –
Truth “tells” it –
And the fundamental fairness of Justice “requires” it.
God’s eyelids blink out numerous metaphors of Beauty –
Heart-stopping, if you’re fortunate enough to see one.
Beauty is a dream waiting patiently for God’s entrance into the material world
Or waking up to one of God’s repeated emergences into Time –
Beauty is a “splash” of Life –
Revivifying, spontaneous, fresh!