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Markings 106 - 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


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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