I found this poem at Christian Century, and really enjoy reading and meditating on it. I think anyone who has “Prayed THE Prayer” can relate deeply with the poet’s sentiment. Check out more of Tania Runyan’s poetry at her blog, here.
"The Ruined" are those countless ones throughout the ages who have encountered the presence of the living God to such an extent that they are "ruined" for the things of this world. They can never return for any extended time to what was formerly known as "normal life." They are burned with a vision of the beauty of God in the face of Christ-- and they seek this in everyone and everything they meet.