Come into Animal Presence

Come into Animal Presence

BY DENISE LEVERTOV

Come into animal presence.
No man is so guileless as
the serpent. The lonely white
rabbit on the roof is a star
twitching its ears at the rain.
The llama intricately
folding its hind legs to be seated
not disdains but mildly
disregards human approval.
What joy when the insouciant
armadillo glances at us and doesn’t
quicken his trotting
across the track into the palm brush.

Gregory Colbert from his project Snow and Ashes

What is this joy? That no animal
falters, but knows what it must do?
That the snake has no blemish,
that the rabbit inspects his strange surroundings
in white star-silence? The llama
rests in dignity, the armadillo
has some intention to pursue in the palm-forest.
Those who were sacred have remained so,
holiness does not dissolve, it is a presence
of bronze, only the sight that saw it
faltered and turned from it.
An old joy returns in holy presence.

Photo by Gregory Colbert

 

Photo by Gregory Colbert

 

Photo by Gregory Colbert
Photo by Gregory Colbert

 

To see more work by Gregory Colbert

Poetry by DENISE LEVERTOV

2 comments

    • I loved them when I saw them. They are not digitally manipulated either. There is just this amazing connection between the people and the animals. I also love the sepia tones and the black and white. Lisa

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