The Excesses of God



                                                                      by Robinson Jeffers

Is it not by his high superfluousness we know
Our God? For to be equal a need
Is natural, animal, mineral: but to fling
Rainbows over the rain
And beauty above the moon, and secret rainbows
On the domes of deep sea-shells,
And make the necessary embrace of breeding
Beautiful also as fire,
Not even the weeds to multiply without blossom
Nor the birds without music:
There is the great humaneness at the heart of things,
The extravagant kindness, the fountain
Humanity can understand, and would flow likewise
If power and desire were perch-mates.


Robinson Jeffers


6 responses to “The Excesses of God

  1. John, this poem rings so true to me as whenever I’m out in God’s nature, I marvel at the excess of beauty He’s created and shared with us. Wonderful poem.


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  2. This is lovely, and reminds me of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

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  3. Evelynne Matsumoto

    Both photo and poem were so beautiful-brought tears-
    Thank you for reminding me how beautiful nature is every day-

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    • I’ve carried parts of Jeffers’ poem in my head for years. It seemed to fit the photograph from the middle of the creek, that hasn’t run much in recent years. Good to hear from you.


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