Ayodeji Malcolm Guite is an English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest, and academic. Guite was born on 12 November 1957 in Ibadan, Oyo State, in Nigeria. At birth, he was given the first name Ayodeji which is a Yoruba tribal name meaning “the second joy”. The name was suggested by the Yoruba nurse who attended to his mother through a difficult childbirth.
Below is an excerpt from a sonnet that Malcolm wrote, in response to the mysterious event which is named in the biblical story as the “Transfiguration of Jesus”. Is there a word or phrase that speaks to you? Spend a moment to reflect what this might mean in your life.
For that one moment, ‘in and out of time’,
On that one mountain where all moments meet,
The Love that dances at the heart of things
Shone out upon us from a human face
And to that light the light in us leaped up,
We felt it quicken somewhere deep within,
A sudden blaze of long-extinguished hope
Trembled and tingled through the tender skin.