Poem by Symeon the New Theologian(949-1022), Hymn 15 in his Hymns of Divine Love
We awaken in Christ’s body,
As Christ awakens our bodies
There I look down and my poor hand is Christ,
He enters my foot and is infinitely me.
I move my hand and wonderfully
My hand becomes Christ,
Becomes all of Him
I move my foot and at once
He appears in a flash of lightning.
Do my words seem blasphemous to you?
Then open your heart to him.
And let yourself receive the one
Who is opening to you so deeply.
For if we genuinely love Him,
We wake up inside Christ’s body
Where all our body all over,
Every most hidden part of it,
Is realized in joy as Him,
And He makes us utterly real.
And everything that is hurt, everything
That seemed to us dark, harsh, shameful,
maimed, ugly, irreparably damaged
Is in Him transformed.
And in Him, recognized as whole, as lovely,
And radiant in His light,
We awaken as the beloved
In every last part of our body.
Quoted by Richard Rohr, pp. 219-20 in Things Hidden
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed:
I will sing and make melody.
Awake, my soul, and awake, sticks and didj:
for I will awake the morning.
I will play the didj, O Lord, among the peoples:
its circle buzzing breathes our gratitude.
I will chip your clapping sticks among the nations:
its clicking claims your eternal praise.
For the dawn in the east rises in gold and scarlet:
robes of Easter and Pentecost overwhelm the sky.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds:
and the land is a body painted with white and ochre dreamings.
Be exalted, O God, above the southern skies:
and let your glory shine over Noongar country;
That all whom you love may be delivered:
Noongars and wedulahs, O save us by your right hand, and answer us.
(Acknowledging Professor David Frost’s version of Psalm 108 in A Prayer Book for Australia)
The ‘didj’ (didgeridoo) was technically not a part of Noongar culture before the arrival of Europeans, but they have adopted it since contact with ‘wedulahs’ (white fellas) has brought them into contact with other Indigenous groups.
My country of origin is Koreng country. I now live in Wardandi country.