Cantus firmus

A melody that is firm and clear
To Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Executed by the Nazis in April 1945

Your faith I find impossible to emulate
      In the true God whose eye
Is on the sparrow, and also me, but
      Perhaps I may be permitted
To learn something of your very human grace,
      Your fortitude (unfashionable word),
And live faithfully, ceasing to whine about
      Every dirty toss and deal of the cards,
But move along a cantus firmus of my own and
      Embrace the rich “polyphony of life.”

                     Mark Perlberg, The Burning Field


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