“You Who Want …” * By Hadewijch II

Poetry is of service.

Poetry helps me to understand my religious and spiritual experiences.

I am not alone in my way of understanding the world without

nor the world within.

Poets put words to life.

This poem is in one of my favorite anthologies containing

Poetry of the Spirit.


 Oneness is the core of my understanding of my God.

My God is Large.

Peace,  Jen


As we near the end of National Poetry Month I will be posting more Poems.

There is no way to choose the most important, the most moving,

the most lyrical.

I could post a Poem an hour each day for the rest of my life and never post

all the Poems that have moved me.

I will do my best as the days close down….

Peace,  Jen


“You who want …”



You who want
seek the Oneness
There you
will find
the clear mirror
already waiting.

Hadewijch II, “You who want …,” translated by Jane Hirshfield, from Women in Praise of the Sacred (New York: HarperCollins, 1994). Reprinted with the permission of the translator.

Source: Women in Praise of the Sacred (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 1994)

~ by Step On a Crack on April 27, 2012.

6 Responses to ““You Who Want …” * By Hadewijch II”

  1. Love.


  2. “Poetry is of Service”–Wow, Jen–surely that is a word from God to me today! That I’m not just wasting/filling time, but serving with the gift He has given me–how very lovely and elevating. Thank you, my friend.


    • Dear Caddo,

      I wish with all my Heart that I could convey to you how IMPORTANT your poetry is to so many of us. You are NOT wasting you time. You are using a Gift and a Talent, a real Talent, to serve. Every single post, every single poem is you being of service.

      I mean that with all of my being.

      Bless you Dear Poet,



  3. I am so grateful you came into my life for many reasons, my dear, but poetry is definitely high on the list. I never read poetry before I found your site but your selections speak to my soul. thanks for being here.


    • Dear Louise,

      You have NO idea how much this means to me! I am happy beyond words to have introduced you to poetry. I hope it finds a cozy place in your heart forever. I have missed (and not missed so much, I bet you know what I mean…) writing about my mom and her journey. I have also discovered that posting poetry is very healing for me. I think I will continue to post a poem a week or so.

      Thank you Louise for being here and for giving voice to what so many of us have lived through. You help me make some sense out of the craziness. Thank you.

      Peace, Jen


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