Perfect Stranger

Thing with whom we have
no common ancestor

a parallel line that never
intersects with our own

too different perhaps
even to have ancestors

coming into existence by
some method less messy than sex

foreign to our dilemmas
too other to be other

we probe the earth
& sky for you

cure for loneliness
like nobody we know

12 Replies to “Perfect Stranger”

    1. Thanks! I’m not sure I did all I can with the “perfect stranger” image, but once in a while I do feel the need to post something vaguely relevant to the name of the blog.

  1. “too other to be other” is very nice, or is that perfect?
    The latter. A strange, wonderful Poem, provoking thought and wonder.
    To be HOLY is to be OTHER, I have read somewhere.
    Thanks, Dave. Onword!

  2. Interesting after reading the re-posted essay–did looking at that provoke this? You were mostly talking about Christianity, so I will think about this poem in those terms…

    There are things about this poem that go way beyond the Christian. And would be interesting things to explore in a poem. Maybe another series!

    That is, paradoxically, Christ was the Word (was God, with God) in the beginning and yet in the flesh he is also a descendant of some quite vigorous (and sometimes not very well-behaved) people in the Old Testament. So he is in the human ancestral tree and also something entirely different from that.

    Also, Christianity (as well as Judaism and Islam) might argue with you about the “other” business (“other” and yet not other) and would put more focus on the idea that humans contain “the image” of God, however one takes that–and that being made in the image of God calls us to be something more than what one sees in the mirror. And more than that material self you talked about in the essay.

  3. You know, I must have searched on something particular, because this poem was right next to that essay! PffpT Who knows, on a day when one has worked on taxes.

    Still think there’s a lot more there: good material!

      1. I’m not actually doing them. I’m just gathering and sorting and adding up categories. Only for some reason I was highly lazy and did not keep everything together, so it has been hunter-gatherer day. And of course I can’t find the things I need. Learn. Must go get a box and throw recent things in. Whew, being lazy leads to hard work.

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