Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why do you stand looking up at the skies? (Kathleen Norris)

 Why do you stand           
 looking up at the skies?          
Acts 1:11          
 It wasn’t just wind, chasing  
thin gunmetal clouds  
across the loud sky;  
it wasn’t the feeling that one might ascend 
on that excited air, 
rising like a trumpet note. 
And it wasn’t just my sister’s water breaking, 
her crying out, 
the downward draw of blood and bone… 
It was all of that, 
the mud and the new grass 
pushing up through melting snow, 
the lilac in bud 
by my front door, bent low 
by last week’s storm. 
Now the new mother, that leaky vessel, 
begins to nurse her child, 
beginning the long good-bye. 

--Kathleen Norris, Ascension         

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