Holy Absence

 
"God can't come to visit you unless you're not there."
~Meister Eckhart


Now teach me the way
of divine absence.
Just as You have made
yourself absent
so that I may be present
to the plaint of a frog,
first scent of hyacinth,
or the disappearing
white-tailed flicker
in morning mist,
teach me to be
absent too, Lord,
so that your presence
might consume my eye,
my tongue, my twin
chambered heart
with invisible fire;
so that my absence
and your presence
may be waves of prayer,
cups of longing
poured empty, poured full.