The Poetry of Malcolm Guite



I have lately discovered the exquisite poetry of Malcolm Guite. He is well-known. It just happens that most of the poetry I read is in Spanish…

As some of you know, I have been journeying with the Gospel of John for a while. Here’s Malcolm‘s poem on the saint and his gospel.

Credits: Hear Mr. Guite read his poem here. And explore the site for more of his wonderful poetry.


This is the gospel of the primal light,

The first beginning, and the fruitful end,

The soaring glory of an eagle’s flight,

The quiet touch of a beloved friend.

This is the gospel of our transformation,

Water to wine and grain to living bread,

Blindness to sight and sorrow to elation,

And Lazarus himself back from the dead!

This is the gospel of all inner meaning,

The heart of heaven opened to the earth,

A gentle friend on Jesus’ bosom leaning,

And Nicodemus offered a new birth.

No need to search the heavens high above,

Come close with John, and feel the pulse of Love.

By Carlos Colon

Composer, liturgist of global sacred music

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