Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Poem 009

Invitation
Why not come back? The Savior
has no end save light,
no thrumming rage; music

escapes God's page, clapping
timbers steady the roof,
the muffled bell ringer's

ringing wakes the neighborhood--
Something's going on, the Festal
food is good, and free; eat, live.

Silver pipes, tallow candles
know their part; bring in your art--
What if a radiant, stained

glass window depicts you? Read through . . .
and thin lead linings
hold you almost fast?

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Sandra Duguid of West Caldwell, New Jersey is the author of the poetry collection Pails Scrubbed Silver (2013) from North Star Press. For twenty years she taught literature, composition, and creative writing at colleges in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "Invitation" comes from reflections on Isaiah 55:1-3, 6 & 7.