Unravelling and weaving, sometimes simultaneously

Silent Night

The last carol faded

I slipped
into the bell tower
moving alone
against the tide
in my choir robe
to the cold dark
with my still-lit candle
to visit you

The candle flame
in the draft
as my body moved
to the kneeler
sinking into posture
the red velvet
my half collapse
when the flicker
of light in my hand
reflected on your name

chilled brass
on my fingertips
while I wished you
Merry Christmas

I watched the glow
of the candle
against the twisted vines
of the columbarium
just a moment

until I saw my breath
before me
a cloud of ether
coming up
from my heart

blew out the flame
rose from my knees
and retreated
to the narthex
still filled with the crowd
rejoicing their way
into the night

(c) RCGA 2014


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