A Lenten Adventure



      The tide
   turns by the moon
To tend it one must be
   a bit of a lunatic
Such is not the way
   of the Children of Light
   the Easter People
      who sleep through the shadows
      dusk to dawn terrified
         of things that move in the night
Yes even the eclipse
   that is themselves

Ash Wednesday
The First Day of Lent

sees a wheel
within a wheel
not exactly
certain what he’s seeing
but sensing
it must be some epiphany
because after all
Ezekiel is a prophet
and prophets have
visions That’s what prophets
do They do Yes they do They do
Why I say Why a wheel
Ezekiel, why a wheel?
Why not a stone
within a stone?
Or a speck of dust
upon a star?
All the same
The same!
To look into infinity
And there to stop Truly stop
and there consider
our vulnerable


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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