Poem of the Day
March 22
17 Love Letter Madeleine L'Engle I hate you, God.
Love, Madeleine.

   I write my message on water
   and at bedtime I tiptoe upstairs
   and let it flow under your door.

When I am angry with you
I know that you are there
even if you do not answer my knock
even when your butler opens the door an inch
and flaps his thousand wings in annoyance
at such untoward interruption
and says that the master is not at home.

   I love you, Madeleine.
   Hate, God.

(This is how I treat my friends, he said to one great saint.
No wonder you have so few of them, Lord, she replied.)

   I cannot turn the other cheek
   It takes all the strength I have
   To keep my fist from hitting back
   the soldiers shot the baby
   the little boys trample the old woman
   the gutters are filled with groans
   while pleasure seekers knock each other down
   in order to get their tickets stamped first.

I'm turning in my ticket
and my letter of introduction.
You're supposed to do the knocking. Why do you burst my heart?

   How can I write you
   to tell you that I'm angry
   when I've been given the wrong address
   and I don't even know your real name?

I take hammer and nails
and tack my message on two crossed pieces of wood:

   Dear God
   is it too much to ask you
   to bother to be?
   Just show your hindquarters
   and let me hear you roar.1

Love,
Madeleine