Monday, 24 November 2008

Altar Smoke

Poetry Monday

Altar Smoke

Somewhere inside me
There must always been
A tenderness
For the little, lived-with things
A man crowds upon his worn fistful of earth.
Somewhere inside of me
There must have always been
A love
Made to fill the square aggressiveness of new-cut hedges,
And feed the pursed green mouths of baby leaves;
A love made to understand
The way grass cuddles up to porch steps leaned upon by time,
And why dandelions nudge the stones along the walk;
A love for garden hose curled sleeping in the noon hush,
Coolness trickling lazily from its open mouth,
For shingles starched and saucy in white paint,
And an old rake rusty with dreams of tangled grass and butterflies.
A love
For candle flames, like pointed blossoms on their ghostly stems,
And frost-forets breathing wonder on the parlour windows.
Somewhere inside of me
There must have always been
An altar of hewn stones
Upon which my casts these-
Burnt offerings-
To make a sweet savour
Unto my soul.

Give me the strenght my God,
To scatter fires and tumble the altar stones in confusion;
Give me the strenght to raise my eyes,
So that hard and sharp across my heart
Like shadow cut on mountain rock,
Will fall the agony of sunset-
So that I can see
The laughter of clouds spun into the blue web of infinity,
So that my soul can reach out
And melt in the sweep forever
Above all these.

- Rosalie Grayer


Joel99 said...

I have loved this poem since I read it at least forty years ago. It is perfect for an agnostic such as myself. It is very spiritual and speaks to me loudly. Exalted melancholy! Thank you for posting it. I looked a number of years ago but it wasn't there then. The choir is much bigger now. Thanks again.