To those with the heart of a poet, our world can sometimes feel increasingly oppressive until we are reminded of simple miracles. When Catholism’s greatest theologian and poet, the Italian-born Thomas Aquinas wrote, he did so prolifically and with the uncanny ability to present the sublime in simplest of terms.
One year as a Catholic school girl and nine years as the wife of a devout worshipper wasn’t enough to convert me to his faith; nonetheless, lovers of poetry from all spiritual paths appreciate the timeless reverence of this Saint’s expanded repertoire of writings.
Rus Anson’s whimsical photography enchants me with a similar expansive eye towards the Incredible Lightness of Being. I’m captivated by the juxtaposition of a pious man born over 800 years ago with the fashionista lens of this modern artist who uses the canvas of nature to move our souls. Both the priest and the photographer remind me that we all blossom under the gentle touch of love.
What Does Light Talk About?
When you recognize her beauty,
the eye applauds, the heart stands in ovation.
and the tongue when she is near
is on its best behavior,
it speaks more like light.
What does light talk about?
I asked a plant that once.
It said, “I am not sure, but it makes me grow.”
- St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Thursday is now poetry day for Modern Love, the juxtaposition of Eros, knowledge, soul and practicum. If you’d like to contribute an original poem or something you found in the nook of an old book, as I did this piece, send it to me at modernlovemuse at yahoo dot com.
Soulfully yours, Tinamarie
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