…Who Gives Joy to my Youth

By Lawrence Hall

Word Count: 138

Rating: G

Summary: A poem of joy.

Image Credit: Albrecht Dürer

Introibo ad altare Dei. Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.
I will go in to the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth.


Daily Missal, 1962


For Brother Simon


A child thinks joy is all about the child

And so it is. And maybe an old man feels

That joy just isn’t for him anymore

To kneel his creaking joints before the truth


But it is


A wise man knows that he is still a child

An infant playing before the cave of winds

A Moses borne upon the ancient Nile

A shivering youth stepping into the Jordan


Though the lad be strong and the man be frail

Both are joyful children at the altar rail


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