A fish cannot drown in water,
bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of creation,
God doesn't vanish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?
by Mechthild of Magdeburg (1207 - 1297)
English version by Jane Hirshfield, Original Language German
From The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, by Stephen Mitchell
& Speaking to the Heart: 100 Favorite Poems by Sister Wendy Beckett