January 7, 2010

Saint John the Forerunner and Baptist (A Poem by St. Nikolai Velimirovich)

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich

Thirty years of fasting and silence!

This, not even the mountain beasts can endure.

The lion alleviates his hunger with the music of roaring,

And the tree rustles when the wind approaches

And, you do not rustle neither roar nor moan,

Neither your lament nor your song through the wilderness echoed!

Tell me, are you a man? What is your name?

Will you ever want to speak with someone?

Voice, voice, voice, I am the voice; but the Word of God, He is,

To the children of Israel, I was sent to cry out:

Repent, O people, behold, He comes,

Bring forth good fruit, each according to your strength.

Behold, behold He comes; O Wonder of Wonders,

In the midst of the water, from heaven, a hidden fire!

Behold, the Lamb of God, among the wolves, walks;

Wolves, your lupine temper, in the water, cleanse!

Thirty years of silence and fasting,

Of your body, what remains; except your voice?

Your withered body is but a shadow of your voice,

Which proclaims the news: Behold, God comes to us!

Your withered body, a reed; that Herod broke

But the voice continues, continues; no one to silence it.

Whose voice is that? From whom even the centuries tremble?

A hungry lion! No, No - a man of faith.