Five Dialogues: 1 With All Your Heart

Parable and Paradox hi resAs part of the run up to the launch on June 14th of my new book of poetry Parable and Paradox, I am going to post here some of the poems you can find in the book. I am starting with a series of five dialogues  I have written about the two great commandments, in which I try to explore what it means to love with all the heart, all the soul, all the strength, all the mind. these sonnets take the form of a conversation between the speaker and Christ. I say ‘the speaker’ because although I use the first person in the opening of each of these poems and I certainly speak with my own heart and soul, I hope that the reader too will be able to identify with the opening voice in each sonnet and so also be able to hear Christ replying to them in the second part of each poem.

Songs and Sonnets as we hope it will eventually appear!

Songs and Sonnets as we hope it will eventually appear!

These five poems will also appear, in a finer recording and with beautiful music, on the new record I am making with Steve Bell and Roy Salmond called Songs and Sonnets. They have started a crowdfunding page to make the recording and procductuion of the CD possible and I would be grateful if you could support it in however small a way. You can find out more and watch a short video by clicking Here. As always you can hear the poem in this post by clicking on the title or the play button. But it will be better still on the record!

So here is the first of the five, reflecting on what it might mean to love with all my heart:



Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

I: With All Your Heart


With all my heart? You know my heart too well,

It’s Yeats’s rag and bone shop. Will it do

To start my loving in that little hell,

Closed on itself and still excluding you?

Could I not offer you some empty room,

Some small apartment full of light and air,

Some portion of my life, above the gloom,

But not this pit of pride, not this despair.


Only your heart will do. Let me begin,

To break the ground and plant a seed that grows

Up through the closing darkness of your sin

Till your unsightly roots brings forth my rose.

For I have learned to make the broken true

Since my heart too was broken once for you.’


Filed under christianity, literature, Poems

10 responses to “Five Dialogues: 1 With All Your Heart

  1. jenebba

    Would love to donate a small offering to support the record but how do I do it in £ sterling?

    Jennifer Edie

    *Rev J Edie – Eyemouth – Scottish Borders*.

    • malcolmguite

      Thanks. I think if you follow the links and pick a dollar amount then it just takes the Stirling value of that amount from your card. Many thanks N

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  3. Reblogged this on Along the Beam and commented:
    I am so thankful to have been introduced to Dr. Malcolm Guite’s wonderful poetry through my professor at HBU, Dr. Holly Ordway. This is from his latest collection of sonnets, “Parable and Paradox”.( Enjoy!

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  5. Bren

    Your collection of poems on these two great commands help me understand them better. Gracias!

  6. Sometimes I find it hard to respond with words.

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