Wild God of the World


Robinson Jeffers writes, “The wild God of the world is sometimes merciful to those that ask for mercy, not often to the arrogant. You do not know him, you communal people, or you have forgotten him; intemperate and savage, the hawk remembers him; beautiful and wild, the hawks, and the men that are dying, remember him.”

What I like best about this quote

is his reference to a wild god. I imagine a timeless boundless God. A God that honors and exhibits compassion. For those of us who believe in God, these are attributes I believe God holds.

Last but not least, I think Jeffers knew, but maybe it wasn’t the time, our God and the God of the hawk is not limited to gender.

Lastly, I think Jeffers is right in who remembers this God. I believe it is born in the vacuüm of the power relinquished.

8 thoughts on “Wild God of the World

  1. New Hampshire Garden Solutions May 13, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    Who are these “communal people” who do not know Him, I wonder. I’ve never felt real communal.

    • fictionfitz May 14, 2014 / 5:39 am

      I take it to mean those in church. Communal, one of the attributes of church many dislike. It can be a quiet mob.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong May 13, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    It is said there are no atheists in the lifeboat. That is probably true.

    • fictionfitz May 14, 2014 / 5:38 am

      That is a good expression. I think all of us want something more, even if it is peace and quiet.

  3. vanyieck May 13, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    This post reminds me of a line in a C. S. Lewis novel, ‘but you mustn’t press him, for he isn’t a tame Lion.’

    • fictionfitz May 14, 2014 / 5:36 am

      Absolutely, how similar. I like both authors for going to the natural world to convey the wildness. Where else, not us.

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