Non Nisi Te

by CHM Pszonka

(“Non Nisi Te” is Latin for “Nothing except you,” or “Only you”)

How can this be?
That you love with a love
so humble and free?
Like dew on the grass
in the fresh breath of spring,
bright as the first rays,
clear as the drink
of a doe bowing softly under the trees
—how can this be?
That you love even me?

To whom shall I go?
Who sends the thunder,
the summer,
the snow?
Who hangs the stars,
draws the sun into dance?
Who calms the billowing sea
with a glance?
I am still, and know.

Behold, my love,
drawn under the waters,
shown forth by a dove,
the God of the heavens descends from above
to gather His brood,
to soften the tough
stone in His hands
into clay stretch, bathed,
and then fired in Love.
Only You, Love.

CHM Pszonka holds a BFA in Creative Writing/Publishing from Columbia College Chicago and is wrapping up an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Her stories, articles, and interviews have been published by Hair TriggerThe Story Week Reader, Nostigmas, and The Publishing Lab. She currently blogs and shares her visual art at

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Artwork: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Little brother and little sister” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1890.

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