Markings 106 - Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

 

EASTER SUNDAY

'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

now

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

 

hesitates

 

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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