Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cancelled Flights

in our hands You placed a world of light
and we believed surrounded by it in our childhood
things would come out right

and as we grew
so many flags we flew
thinking of all that we would do,

the duly annointed champions of beauty

truth and grace.
then bit by bit we saw the defacement
of You in the world and in ourselves

and hit the wall.
and felt so small
and light fled from our hands

weeping into the corners
of what they had left to us.
who knew that the heart

could be crushed to a powder

that men could make of the skies
a wingless space
and smudge the brilliance of Your face

oh God o Christ
as though
there were only night.

mary angela douglas 15 july 2