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In Self-Sacrificing Work For The Needy
(9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985 / West Midlands / England)

In Self-Sacrificing Work For The Needy

Poem By Dr. Antony Theodore

If I were called in
To construct a religion
I should make use of water.

Going to church
Would entail a fording
To dry, different clothes;

My liturgy would employ
Images of sousing,
A furious devout drench,

And I should raise in the east
A glass of water
Where any-angled light
Would congregate endlessly.

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ThE LAST stanza: where any-angled light can congregate endlessly; Elkins uses to describe Monet's impressionism (What Painting Is)
Indeed, water and religion go way back and one way to look at this poem would be as a commentary on that, and it makes you think. You could also simply look at this poem as a tribute to the sometimes refreshing and purifying experience that the old H2O can bring. But no matter what you get out of it, it certainly takes nothing from of it.


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