Could you embrace that?

I said to God, ‘Let me love you.’

And he replied, ‘Which part?’

‘All of you, all of you.’ I said.

‘Dear’ God spoke, ‘You are as a mouse wanting to impregnate

a tiger who is not even in heat. It is a feat way

beyond your courage and strength.

You would run from me

if I removed my


I said to God again,

‘Beloved I need to love you – every aspect, every pore.’

And this time God said,

‘There is a hideous blemish on my body,

though it is such an infinitesimal part of my Being-

could you kiss that if it were revealed?’

‘I will try, Lord, I will try.’

And then God said,

‘That blemish is all the hatred and

 cruelty in this



-St Thomas Aquinas

From Love Poems from God, by Daniel Ladinsky. Copyright © 2002 by Daniel Ladinsky.

Reprinted by permission of the author.