Communion

By Fiona Sampson b. 1963 Fiona Sampson
If I'm you, or you me—
Interpenetrating God—
enlarge our intimacy.

You who are animus   
and blood—
who make me dust

from this table
blown into grass,   
invisible—

Is it you—or I—
I pass
and cannot see?

Source: Poetry (January 2009).

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This poem originally appeared in the January 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2009
 Fiona  Sampson

Biography

Fiona Sampsonwas born in London and trained as a violinist. Her early musical studies and professional career as a musician in Europe influenced her editing and writing. She studied at Oxford University and received a PhD in the philosophy of language from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. Her poetry collections include Folding the Real (2001); The Distance Between Us (2005), a novel in verse; Common Prayer (2007); and . . .

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SUBJECT Religion, God & the Divine

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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