Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Poem of the Day
The Lord Jeffrey Inn in Amherst, MA.
This is simply a poem I discovered recently that I've been meaning to post, by an almost-forgotten American poet (and Amherst resident), Robert Francis:
The Two Lords of Amherst
The two Lords, Jeffery and Jehovah, side by side
Proclaim that hospitality lives and Jesus died.
Jeffery in whitewashed brick, Jehovah in gray stone
Both testify man does not live by bread alone.
From sacred love to bed and board and love profane
One could dart back and forth and not get wet in rain.
How providentially inclusive the design:
Here are the cocktails, here the sacramental wine.
Here is the holy, here the not-so-holy host.
Here are the potted palms and here the Holy Ghost.
Tell, if you can and will, which is more richly blest:
The guest Jehovah entertains or Jeffery's guest.
- Robert Francis