Markings 106 - Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018



'Christ the Lord is risen today!'

                                 Charles Wesley


The morning

one dove between the sun

and old church wall

prints shadow on the garden


more than shadow


claws down a line on stone

sharply divided

between dark and light


that is not there


somewhere inside

an organ

blows and thumps


the congregation

strains towards an empty space


not being there


as once

words bite at my tongue

for tune


I shake my leaf-rake

at the pile that sticks


and hurts


garden is a stopped wing


a pigeon clamours

at the iron roof

song the same


rails at death




falls between the sun

and old church wall


risen with shadow

from its wings


prints on the garden

all I know


and cannot know.


Jeff Guess


©Jeff Guess 2018


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