God is a pure no-thing

by Angelus Silesius

English version by Stephen Mitchell
Original Language German

God is a pure no-thing,
     concealed in now and here:
the less you reach for him,
     the more he will appear.

-- from The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, by Stephen Mitchell

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