In that instant
I saw for the briefest of moments
The evening horizon reflected
In the dark pools of her eyes
And I can’t
For the life of me
Remember having seen anything
Before that

Scribes came
From the four corners of the land
Spilling dusty tomes
From the folds of their robes
Upon the mosaic floor
I poured through them
one by one
Ancient texts, encompassing
The whole of creation
Eveything that ever was or will be
And there was no entry
To be found
For Her

The ink on these pages
A pigment formed from the ashes
Of the birth of creation
Emblazoned here
Upon the pulped memory
of a tree born long before my shadow was ever cast by our sun
Her soul was no work of creation
It was prelife
Beyond anything that could be considered

I took up my sword
With rusted edge
And ran like a madman from my bed
Its blade ignited under the full moon
I stood upon the ramparts
Raising it over my head
In a mocking cry
I cursed the gods
For giving my heart
The vision
To see hers
And for the distance
They placed between us

For what wealth is there
To be spent
That can cross the void
What currency may be paid
To lay a bridge made of Oathstone
across this chasm
Charon could dig to the bottom of his purse
and find not even a whisper of thread that would prove worthy
To place my feet upon
Her flagstones

And moreover
If my feet ever did find purchase
Upon those sacred stones
I am but a vagabond peddler
Rapping at her door
With only stories of my days
Beneath martial banners
To sell
Rusted armor and corroded intentions
Blue black with the ravages of wars
Fought over flowered words

Better I should lay my blade
At her doorstep and seek the lower places of the world
And on the morrow she should find
That instrument of wrath and rage
Carefully preserved by the morning dew
never again to be wielded
By silvered gauntlets
and never again shall it spill blood

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15 Responses to Canticle…

  1. Beyond beautiful and amazing. May I return for this Eric, to borrow. ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Reblogged this on House of Heart and commented:
    Beautiful !

  3. Dale says:

    Oh my… thank you to Holly for sharing this on her blog.
    This is stunning, Eric.

  4. charlypriest says:

    We all seem to agree, beautiful.

  5. So happy that Holly shared this. I love the movement in your words. An excellent choice for Holly to share! So happy you are here! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  6. Wonderful written. Headed over too, rom Holly. Michael

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