Linda Gregg

po_Gregg-Linda2Linda Alouise Gregg (born September 9, 1942) is an American poet.

Gregg’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Whiting Writer’s Award, as well as multiple Pushcart Prizes. She was the 2003 winner of the Sara Teasdale Award and the 2006 PEN/Voelcker Award winner for Poetry.

CHRIST LOVED BEING HOUSED
Linda Gregg

The time of passion is younger than us.
It does not live in memories
or metaphors, but in living things:
quail, bay trees, the sun leaving
and returning. Going and being there.
Dark, rain, and colors spreading
through the late sky afterward.
So much like the Apache and Tarahumara
who lived differently now, as I do.
But I want to ask you about the nature
of love. Do you think it is on earthly?
I want to tell you it is, and more.
Christ did not want to leave the body.
Love resides entirely in the part of us
that is the least defended or safe.
The part that has no alternative
to loss, defeat, and dying.
All else is tested by its flint
and what it strikes upon the darkness.