Description: A mystical poem inspired by John of the Cross.


One must abide in this sepulcher of dark death until the spiritual resurrection which is hoped for. -St. John of the Cross


An immortal embraces sterility.

A virile one, he becomes despicable

And inhuman, a hater of life

Who castrates himself

To become a father.


He drinks from the cup of trembling—

Makes a tree of the living wood.

Hanging from it, he laments in anguish

His fate.


Through the retention of semen

He gives birth

Through the pain of labor.

He does this from himself alone.


This is the suicide of the most excellent man:

The one who sacrifices all,

Who assails the self with every violence.


Those abyssal waters!

That afflictive blackness!

To be no longer human

But not yet divine.

It is not a pain of the body.

It is not a pain of the mind.

Sighs do not relieve it, and

Neither do groans or cries.

The spirit is torn in this—

Taken out of itself,

Ravished, and rent.


But how can we fear this death,

This long entombment,

When it precedes the true life?

Let us join Christ

And forsake this house.