“If You Want”

you want
the Virgin will come walking down the road
pregnant with the holy
and say,

 “I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart,
my time is so close.”

 Then, under the roof of your soul, you will witness the sublime
intimacy, the divine, the Christ
taking birth

 as she grasps your hand for help, for each of us
is the midwife of God, each of us.

 Yes there, under the dome of your being does creation
come into existence externally, through your womb, dear pilgrim—
the sacred womb of your soul,

 as God grasps our arms for help; for each of us is
His beloved servant

 If you want, the Virgin will come walking
down the street pregnant
with Light and
sing . . .


“If You Want” by St. John of the Cross, translated by Daniel Ladinsky,
Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West