The Worse Thing We Ever Did (Poem by Chelan Harkin)

The Worse Thing We Ever Did (Poem by Chelan Harkin)

Worse Thing We Ever Did poem

The worst thing we ever did
was put God in the sky
out of reach

pulling the divinity
from the leaf,
sifting out the holy from our bones,
insisting God isn’t bursting dazzlement
through everything we’ve made
a hard commitment to see as ordinary,
stripping the sacred from everywhere
to put in a cloud man elsewhere,
prying closeness from your heart.

The worst thing we ever did
was take the dance and the song
out of prayer
made it sit up straight
and cross its legs
removed it of rejoicing
wiped clean its hip sway,
its questions,
its ecstatic yowl,
its tears.

The worst thing we ever did is pretend
God isn’t the easiest thing
in this Universe
available to every soul
in every breath.

by Chelan Harkin

From her poetry book ‘Susceptible to Light’


I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Sue Krevitt 3 years ago


    Yes….mankind has …a few miles to go
    To understand
    Joy is brilliant yellow sunlight
    And Polly’s Pastels!
    Peace is sitting in a bright green meadow,
    Letting God govern (which of course She does),
    And yet…and yet…mankind must learn this……..

    I must learn this yet..

    And….. I am!!

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      Polly Castor 3 years ago


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