As God made us material, physical humans in bodies that feel pain, so Christ came and inhabited a body on earth. Today we remember that he died a bodily and a painful death in that body, for our sake, to put an ultimate end to pain and death.
From ‘Controversies’ by Adrienne Rich
The problem, unstated till now, is how
to live in a damaged body
in a world where pain is meant to be gagged
uncured un-grieved over The problem is
to connect, without hysteria, the pain
of any one’s body with the pain of the body’s world
For it is the body’s world
they are trying to destroy forever
The best world is the body’s world
filled with creatures filled with dread
misshapen so yet the best we have
our raft among the abstract worlds
and how I have longed to live on this earth
walking her boundaries never counting the cost.