I am the Vine; a sonnet

How might it feel to be part of the vine?

How might it feel to be part of the vine?

Here is a poem intended as a kind of comment or illumination on the beautiful gospel from John 15 which is set for this Sunday, and which I post in advance in case anyone would like to use it in a service. It is from my book Parable and Paradox,  the last in a sequence of seven sonnets on the ‘I AM’ sayings in John’s gospel. this one is on one of my favourites ‘I Am the Vine, ye are the branches’.

Parable and Paradox is available on Amazon here and in the USA

As always you can hear me read the poem by clicking on the title or the play button

I Am the Vine

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

How might it feel to be part of the vine?

Not just to see the vineyard from afar

Or even pluck the clusters, press the wine,

But to be grafted in, to feel the stir

Of inward sap that rises from our root,

Himself deep planted in the ground of Love,

To feel a leaf unfold a tender shoot,

As tendrils curled unfurl, as branches give

A little to the swelling of the grape,

In gradual perfection, round and full,

To bear within oneself the joy and hope

Of God’s good vintage, till it’s ripe and whole.

What might it mean to bide and to abide

In such rich love as makes the poor heart glad?

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6 responses to “I am the Vine; a sonnet

  1. Anne Carrington

    What a beautiful poem. Thank you Malcolm.

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  3. Hi Malcolm, This poem is so beautiful and profound.

    I signed up to get your posts, but somehow you have not my correct email. I am gwedhenn@outlook.com I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t receiving them. Fortunately I needed to go into my old account and saw your posts.

    Warmly, Gwedhen Nicholas Canada

    • malcolmguite

      Thanks. I think it should be easy to resign up with your new email. But you have to do it. I can’t put that email in for you

  4. David C Brown

    Be ready to be pruned too!

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