C. S. Lewis Poetry Group

As the Ruin Falls

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    All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
    I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
    I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through:
    I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

    Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
    I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin:
    I talk of love –a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek–
    But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

    Only that now you have taught me (but how late) my lack.
    I see the chasm. And everything you are was making
    My heart into a bridge by which I might get back
    From exile, and grow man. And now the bridge is breaking.

    For this I bless you as the ruin falls. The pains
    You give me are more precious than all other gains.

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