The world rejoices in the life and witness of Fr. Dan Berrigan, SJ, who demonstrated in word and deed Jesus’ Gospel message of peace and nonviolence. Fr. Berrigan was also a poet, and we lift up now his poem in which he reflected on the moment when the book of his life would be closed. May he rest in peace and may his legacy live on in us.
A Dark Word
As I walk patiently through life
poems follow close –
blind, dumb, agile, my own shadow;
the mind’s dark overflow, the spill of vein
we thought red once but now know, no.
The poem called death
is unwritten yet. Some day will show
the violent last line,
the shadow rise,
a bird of omen
snatch me for its ghost.
And a hand somewhere, purposeful as God’s,
close like two eyes, this book.