Tapers of Grace

Jérôme Poirier  pinterest.com

Jérôme Poirier     pinterest.com

How then shall
we use the night
these long hours
between our dying
and our rising again
For what is sleep but
the escape of spirits
from tortured flesh
out`of`body treks
into 7th heavens
into 11th hells

How then shall
we use the hours
ours upon waking
returning to reality
from tortured dreams
body`rested spirit`spent
by paradise or inferno
Shall we now live as
agents of darkness
or agents of light
tapers of grace

“Advent’s color is deep blue, the color of the sky just before the first rays of sunlight
wake the rooster to announce to the watchers the dawning of the new day.”
Imaging the Word, United Church Press


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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7 Responses to Tapers of Grace

  1. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    Your poem is a good reminder of the soul searching that should be part of Advent. The sentiment of the quote is nice, but blue does not fly as a liturgical color in the Catholic Church. Purple is the color of Advent, with pink generally used on Gaudete Sunday, which occurs the third week.


    • And then came along the Reformation with its appropriation of new traditions and interpretations of art and science and creative imaging of faith and practice . . . Not all of it is edifying; but then not all of they old ways of believing and behaving were either . . . I think we owe ‘blue’ to the congregationalists who have always had a mind of their own . . . The bit about soul searching in Advent is right on . . .

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  2. Wow! It is painful even to think of such an ‘advent’. Certainly promotes thoughtful self- examination.


    • The idea that there are different levels of heaven and hell is purely an arbitrary construct which appears here and there in literature such as in Dante’s Divine Comedy and The Inferno . . . I offer it only as a poetic device . . .

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  3. anticipation, reflection, preparation – a spiritual awakening for the brave in faith

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  4. John says:

    The rhythm rolls!

    Liked by 1 person

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