Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The First Day of Spring

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

                                Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
                                       Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
                                                        Saint Clare of Assisi

The first day of spring 
comes lumbering 
down the hills of winter, 
across the worn grasses of oblivion; 
its long fingers slanting light 
over the thrumming 
pulse of just green.
How the horses 
grab for it 
like the dying 
for flecks of eternity: 
shaking their manes of flame 
over the dark unfurling.

How shall I be the same?
The girls, mounting their horses, 
take up the reins of the air
between their hands 
lovely in the turning: 

the ending bridling the beginning; 
the beginning reining the ending.

How shall I be the same?

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