Poetry: A New Poem by Malcolm Guite

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Let not your hearts be troubled

John 14:1-3

Always there comes this parting of the ways
The best is wrested from us, born away,
No one is with us always, nothing stays,
Night swallows even the most perfect day.
Time makes a tragedy of human love,
We cleave forever to the one we choose
Only to find ‘forever’ in the grave
We have just time enough to love and lose.

You know too well this trouble in our hearts
Your heart is troubled for us, feels it too,
You share with us in time that shears and parts
To draw us out of time and into you.
I go that you might come to where I am
Your word comes home to us and brings us home.


  • Malcolm Guite is a poet and singer-songwriter living in Cambridge. He is a priest, chaplain, teacher and author. His books include Mariner (2017), Parable and Paradox: Sonnets on the Sayings of Jesus and Other Poems (2016), Faith, Hope and Poetry (Routledge Studies in Theology, Imagination & the Arts) (2012), and Sounding the Seasons (2012), among others.

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