Beckett: Poetry – No. 1466, Fountain of Life

This poem is based on Psalm 36:9, which is the first two lines in this poem.


“For with You is the fountain of life;
in Your light do we see light.”
This is what the psalmist says.
Before the fountain, where do I stand?

The water spouts upward toward heaven
and patters down like clapping hands.
The wind, intermittently, sprinkles leftover drops
across my face, wishing for more.

O God, where do I stand?
Idly by for intermittent mercy?
Perhaps I step into the waters
and sink into its depths?

Yes, step into the waters,
but in Your fountain I shan’t sink,
for on Your waters You let me stand,
Your enduring mercy showering down.

In Your mercy I ne’er drown,
but allowed to breathe away
from the sea of darkness,
Your grace rippling throughout.

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